Banging out 16 hits on the day, including a two-run homer by sophomore Courtney Rice, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team swept a South Central 'B' League doubleheader from the Klickitat Vandals Tuesday afternoon.
The two victories upped the Lady Knights' conference record to 6-0, 7-0 overall.
SCHS pitchers Emma Hernandez and Carly DeGroot twirled a two-hitter and three-hitter, respectively, for the Lady Knights. Sunnyside Christian won the opener, 7-1, and prevailed by a 17-3 score in the nightcap.
Hernandez, besides limiting the Vandals to two hits in the first game, fanned six Vandal batters. DeGroot, in her first outing from the pitcher's rubber this season, mirrored Hernandez's performance in the twin bill finale. DeGroot scattered three hits and struck out six.
"Carly pitched some for us last year," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris, "But this was her first outing this season.
"She has a little different arm motion than Emma, and throws a pretty good change-up. Carly will see more time as our pitcher this season," Harris added.
In the opener, Sunnyside Christian was clinging to a 2-1 lead, until opening the game up with a five-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth. Rice drove in the first run of the inning with a single, after Tori Van Wingerden and Tami Lambrecht got aboard via free passes. Tyssyna Van Wingerden followed later in the frame with a three-run double. She also doubled in the third inning and scored that frame off a single by DeGroot.
In the nightcap, the Lady Knights plated eight runs in both the first and third innings enroute to scoring the 17-3 victory. The big hit for Sunnyside Christian came in the first, when Rice laced a shot down the left field line for a two-run homer.
"Courtney (Rice) can get ahold of it pretty well at times," said Harris.
Also coming through with hits in the eight-run first were Hernandez, Amy Mensonides and Tori Van Wingerden-all singles.
Hernandez doubled twice in the bottom of the third, driving in two baserunners in each at-bat to account for half of the eight third inning runs.
Sunnyside Christian is scheduled to play at the Wahluke Invite this coming Saturday. The Lady Knights' first tournament game will be against Warden, beginning at 8 a.m.