Edmonds Community College beats Lane in NWAACC opener

Edmonds Community College's Zach Johnson allowed just two hits in eight innings of work Thursday in EdCC's opening game at the NWAACC Championships (Photo courtesy of Edmonds Community College)

Zach Johnson was stellar on the mound and the Triton offense pounded out 13 hits in Edmonds Community College’s 8-0 win over Lane in an opening round game of the NWAACC Championships Thursday at Story Field.

Edmonds improves to 35-7 on the year and advances in the winner’s bracket to face either Pierce or Columbia Basin Friday at 7:35 pm.

Johnson went eight innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six batters. Only two Lane runners reached second base against the Triton lefty who improved to 9-1 on the year.

It didn’t take long for North No. 1 seed Edmonds to get to the South’s No. 2-seed, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ryan Budnick (Edmonds-Woodway) singled home the first two runs with Conor Plaisance and Jamie Umbinetti each with a RBI single.

The Tritons added two more runs in the second when Kyle Olson singled home Tyler Baker and when Plaisance was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Those two runs chased Titan starter Travis Kelly (4-1) from the hill. Lane would utilize four relievers in the game, the last three each tossing scoreless frames.

The contest was already in hand for Edmonds by then, however, as the Tritons added insurance runs in the fourth and fifth innings. DJ Oliver threw a perfect ninth to end the game for Edmonds.

Olson went 3-for-4 with three runs scored to lead the Triton attack. Baker, TC Florentine and Chris Osborne (Meadowdale) had two hits apiece.

Lane fell to 27-17 and will play the loser of the Piece/CBC game in an loser-out game Friday at 12:35 pm.

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