Undoubtedly not the way he would have hoped to end his pitching career at Bellevue College, 2012 Mountlake Terrace High School graduate Alex Hatch pitched his way into the seventh inning for the Bulldogs in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) championship game Monday, but then watched his team from the dugout succumb to a late rally by the Edmonds CC Tritons.
Edmonds CC claimed the NWAACC Baseball Championship with a 7-6 victory over Bellevue at David Story Field in Longview.
Hatch started for the Bulldogs, pitched 6.2 innings, gave up 10 hits, six runs – five of which were earned – struck out six and walked three in the no-decision. He gave way to teammate Brandon Mahovlich in the seventh; Mahovlich coaxed Edmonds’ Connor Plaisance to flyout to end the inning, but gave up a pair of singles in the eighth inning that the Tritons were able to manufacture a run with and win the game.
Despite the heartbreak finish to the season, Hatch had a solid year on the mound for the Bulldogs, making eleven appearances, pitching 57.2 innings with 50 strikeouts, 20 walks and an ERA of 3.27, improving upon his ERA of 4.03 he had in 2013.
Earlier this spring Hatch signed a letter of intent to attend and play baseball for the University of Hawaii next year.
NWAACC Baseball Championship game, May 26 (David Story Field, Longview, WA)
Bellevue 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 — 6 16 1
Edmonds 0 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 x — 7 12 3
Winning pitcher: Andrew Kemmerer (Edmonds CC)
Losing pitcher: Brandon Mahovlish (Bellevue College)
— By Doug Petrowski