WEST VALLEY - Despite limiting the high flying West Valley Rams to just five hits on the day, Sunnyside High School pitcher Viri Pasillas absorbed a pair of losses this past Saturday.
Pasillas twirled a one-hitter in the opening 5-0 loss. She yielded only four hits in the nightcap, a 3-1 victory by the Rams.
Sunnyside Coach Kris Gonzalez acknowledges that the two losses may be a bit much to swallow for Pasillas, considering how well she pitched.
"Awesome games," Gonzalez said of Pasillas' performances.
But on the plus side, Gonzalez quickly added, Sunnyside gave the Rams all they could handle.
"It's a big improvement over where we were last year against them," she said. "I believe they 10-runned us twice last year.
"If we play like this against the other teams we still have on our schedule, I can foresee some wins," Gonzalez added.
Sunnyside's undoing in the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader came in the fifth inning. With West Valley clinging to a 1-0 lead, thanks to manufacturing a single tally in the third, the Rams used a pair of walks, two untimely errors on the part of the Lady Grizzlies and a key double by Erin Olander to push four runs across the plate.
The Lady Grizzlies mounted their only scoring threat in the top of the seventh. Devina Martinez, who had one of the three Sunnyside hits in the first contest, got aboard via a single. Victoria Solis followed by drawing a walk to push Martinez to second. The two baserunners got stranded at first and second, though, as West Valley pitcher April Butler stiffened and didn't allow any other Lady Grizzly to get aboard.
Coming through with Sunnyside's two other base hits in the first game were Rachel Flores with a single in the third inning and Solis with a single in the fourth.
In Saturday's twin bill finale, Sunnyside scored its lone run of the day in the top of the third, cutting the Rams' lead to 2-1. Crystal Soto started the third inning rally by drawing a walk. Jessica Cruz tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt to get Soto to second, but West Valley couldn't field the ball in time and Cruz ended up with a bunt single. Soto then scored on a grounder off the bat of Samantha Taylor, which ended up being misplayed by the West Valley first baseman.
The Rams countered with a run of their own in their half of the third to extend their lead to 3-1. Neither club could generate much offense after that.
"The second game was a real pitcher's duel," said Gonzalez. "Both Viri (Pasillas) and Butler pitched very well."
Cruz had the only multi-hit performance for Sunnyside in the nightcap, going 2-for-3. Her teammate, catcher Celeste Allen, added a 1-for-2 effort with a double in the fourth frame. Martinez and Jenny Jones contributed 1-for-3 offensive performances for Sunnyside.
"I'm pleased we played West Valley this tough," said Gonzalez. "I think we made them sweat a little.
"We didn't get a win out of it, but we're showing a lot of improvement," she added.
The Lady Grizzlies (0-5, 0-10) are scheduled to play another league doubleheader this coming Saturday at home, against Grandview.