Wednesday, April 14, 2004
MOXEE - The powerhouse East Valley High School girls softball team lived up to billing yesterday, subduing the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies, 12-2. Tuesday's non-league game was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule.
"East Valley has a great team," said Sunnyside Coach Kris Gonzalez. "Good hitters, good defense and good pitching. Plus, they have some great girls.
"I don't know what the state 2A ranks are like, but I can't imagine them not being in the top 10 at the end of the season," Gonzalez added.
The Red Devils, who own a 1-0 victory this season over Mid-Valley League leading Selah, banged out 11 hits off Sunnyside. East Valley's pitcher, Bigby, held the Lady Grizzlies to just two hits. And, the Red Devils only committed one error in yesterday's game.
As good as East Valley is this year, the Red Devils had to be a little concerned when Sunnyside jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead yesterday.
"We were very aggressive with the bats at the start of the game," said Gonzalez.
Samantha Taylor started Sunnyside's first inning rally by poking a single. Following back-to-back walks drawn by Devina Martinez and Victoria Solis to load the bases, Celeste Allen drove in Taylor with a fielder's choice grounder. Lacey Yanez followed by singling in Martinez.
Bigby settled down after that, though, holding the Lady Grizzlies hitless the remainder of the game.
East Valley exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the second to take control of the game.
"Their bats came alive," said Gonzalez, explaining the Red Devils came through with six hits that inning, and also took advantage of two walks and two Sunnyside errors.
The one positive that came from Tuesday's non-league loss is it gave the Lady Grizzlies a preview of what to expect at always tough West Valley this coming Saturday.