Edmonds Community College had to do it the hard way, but when the dust finally cleared at the NWAACC baseball championships, the Tritons had won their seventh title and first since 2008.
Edmonds defeated North Division rival Bellevue 7-6 in the championship game Monday at Story Field in Longview.
After losing to Bellevue 6-5 on Saturday, the Tritons dropped down to the loser’s bracket and had to win three straight games to claim the championship. Edmonds edged Tacoma 3-2 on Sunday to set up Monday’s pair of contests. Edmonds first beat Lane 9-2 to advance to the title contest.
Tyler Baker drove in what turned out to be the winning run against Bellevue in the bottom of the eighth inning. Meadowdale graduate Chris Osborne, who was named the Tournament MVP, was 4-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Edmonds coach Scott Kelley was named Coach of the Year.
The Triton scored four runs in the second inning off of Mountlake Terrace graduate Alex Hatch. Bellevue tied the score, scoring two runs in the fifth and sixth innings and then the Bulldogs took a 5-4 lead by pushing across one run in the seventh.
Edmonds rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning before Bellevue tied the score again at 6 with a run in the top of the eighth.
Edmonds’ Ryan Budnick (Edmonds-Woodway) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs. Budnick, Jamie Umbinetti, Matt Becker, Zach Johnson and Andrew Kemmerer were named to the NWACC All-Tournament team.
The Tritons finished the season 39-8.