Baseball Sweeps Douglas College

By: Ben Reindel

Shoreline, WA (May 12th, 2017)- Entering the last week of the NWAC Spring regular season Baseball faces a critical series this weekend versus Everett after sweeping Douglas College. Softball finishes their season this weekend at Olympic College in Bremerton.

SOFTBALL

Since we last spoke the Lady Phins have cooled down a bit from a nice stretch of play in late April, early May dropping four games this past week to new division rival Highline and to an old familiar foe in Bellevue. Even though the Dolphins did not come out victorious the games were full of energy and competition.

On Wednesday May 3rd the Dolphins traveled to Des Moines, WA to get in a doubleheader amidst the rain drops. In game 1 the Phins struck first with back to back singles in the top of the 3rd by Alyssa Giesbers and Maleah Woodley. After a Highline error, bases were loaded for Dakota Green who singled in Giesbers. Up next an opportunistic Jeralyn Pasoquen advanced to first on a dropped third strike scoring Woodley. Defensively, Hope Lawrence was slicing through the T-Bird order getting into the 5th inning allowing nothing. In the 6th Highline rallied to tie the score at 2. After that, Lawrence battled to get the team in to extra innings. In the 8th after the Phins were unable to push across a run Highline walked off the Phins with a 2- run home run in the bottom of the 8th to win 4-2.

As ‘coach speak’ goes they say athletes need to control what they can control. The Dolphins have battled tough in close ball games all year and as they keep battling the Lady Phins will emerge successful. Their effort and intensity has been something to be a fan of down the stretch and it will eventually pay off. SCC finishes out their season Saturday, May 13th at Olympic College in Bremerton.

BASEBALL

Last week the Shoreline Baseball team played a four game series with neighbor to the north, Douglas College. To keep playoff hopes alive the Phins desperately needed a sweep of the Royals and in dramatic fashion SCC accomplished that goal Monday evening in Vancouver, BC.

The series got a bit of a late start with games in Canada being rained out Saturday. On Sunday at Meridian Park the Phins defeated Douglas in game 1 10-3 behind the pitching performance of Trey Lopez. Lopez threw 8 innings of 8 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Lopez has been the steady starter for the Dolphins all year long posting a 3.59 ERA in 62.2 innings. The game was in Douglas’ control as they led 3-1 going into the bottom of the 6th. In the bottom of the 6th the Phins broke out with an 8 run inning to take a 9-3 lead and never look back. Harrison Jacobs was the star of the inning leading it off with a double and later in the inning dropped a 3 run missle over the left center field wall. SCC would tack on another run in the 8th on a Kory Longaker triple then immediately was scored by a David Becker sacrifice.

After taking game 1, the Phins also took game 2 by a final of 7-3. Trevor Clark got the start and went 5 innings giving up 3 runs and striking out 7. Jake Jewell and Brice Foster combined to pitch the final four innings not allowing a run and striking out 6. Brice Foster not only got the final six outs of the game on the mound but also went 2-4 with 3RBI’s at the plate.

The series would shift to Whalley Park in British Columbia Monday. Sean Ferdig got the start for SCC in game 3 and was impressive as the Dolphins sank the Royals 11-2. Ferdig dazzled going 8 innings giving up only 2 runs, striking out 7 and not walking anyone. Outfielder Austin Holm got the offense going getting on base 4 times, going 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a walk and an RBI. David Becker went 3-5 with 2 RBI’s and Zach Zurbrugg went 3-5 with 4 RBI’s as the Dolphins routed the Royals.

Becker put up a lengthy at bat resulting in a line drive single over the third baseman’s head scoring both runners and giving Shoreline the 5-4 lead that Tyler Wingert would protect in the bottom of the 9th securing the series sweep.

With the Dolphins riding the wave of momentum their winning streak is put on the line this weekend against rival Everett. The series is scheduled to start Saturday, 1pm at Everett Memorial. The series will return to Meridian Park Sunday at 12:30pm. The Dolphins hope to send out their Sophomore’s and (Mom’s) the right way!

Go Phins!!

 

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