Skagit Valley sweep of SCC Baseball leaves NWAACC playoffs a long shot for Dolphins

Monday, May 6, 2013

SCC’s first baseball Kainoa Ahsing-Kaahanui
was 5 for 6 batting on Sunday with 2 RBIs
Photo by Wilson Tsoi

By Douglas Palmer

A tough weekend for the Shoreline Community College Baseball Team has left the hopes of a NWAACC Playoff bid a very long shot with the last weekend of Northern Region play schedule for this weekend against Olympic College.

SCC is now 4 games out of 4th place with 4 games to play so the Dolphins need to win all four games this weekend and have Bellevue College lose all four of their games to Skagit Valley to force a tie between SCC and Bellevue and have Douglas College lose at least 3 of 4 games to Edmonds CC and force a 3 way tie with Bellevue or for Edmonds to beat Douglas College four times and leave BC and SCC tied. SCC is 6-14 in the region, Bellevue is 10-10 and Douglas is 9-11.

On Saturday, SCC lost 1-0 to Skagit Valley in 14 innings, and 7-6 with a walk-off single with 2 outs in the 9th to score the lone run of the game.

On Sunday, SCC lost 2-1 and 4-2 in Skagit:

Game 1 - SCC's Nic Van Der Van was dominant on the mound, just allowing 2 hits, but walked 6 along with 6 strikeouts and the SCC defense had 3 errors. SVC went ahead in the 5th with a run, the Dolphins tied it in the 6th, but the Cardinals scored in the top of 7th and SCC was not able to respond in the bottom of the 7th (7 inning game).

SCC’s Ace Jason Shaw suffered from 2 SCC errors
on defense in the 7th inning.
Photo by Wilson Tsoi

Game 2 - SCC ace Jason Shaw was on the mound and had shut down SVC through 6 innings, as the Dolphins took the lead in the bottom of 6th with 2 runs. A controversial top of the 7th inning was played as SCC Pitching Coach Dave Snell was ejected from the game on a visit to the mound and then SCC Head Coach Ryan Browne was ejected after an argument over play at the plate. Shaw gave up three runs, but only 1 earned in the inning, as the SCC defense committed 2 of their 3 errors in that inning.

Shaw pitched 6 & 1/3 innings, allowed 5 hits, with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. He was taken out of the game in the 7th inning. SVC scored another run in the 8th inning and SCC could not muster a rally and lost 4-2. Kainoa Ahsing-Kaahanui led the SCC offense by going 4-4 in the second game with 1 RBI and 1-2 in the first game with a RBI as well.

SCC is now 18-20-1 on the season, the first time all season they have been below .500. Skagit Valley improved to 20-15 overall and 11-9 in the region. SCC plays Olympic College next weekend, with the first doubleheader being played in Bremerton on Friday, starting at 5:00pm. Game time on Sunday is 3:00pm at Meridian Park in Shoreline.


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