KITTITAS - Oh-oh! After starting the season with nine straight victories, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team is now sitting on a three-game losing streak.
The Lady Knights were swept by the Kittitas Coyotes yesterday, 5-4 and 12-1. Both contests were non-league affairs.
"We didn't play well," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris. "We played poor defense yesterday."
All told, the Lady Knights uncharacteristically committed nine errors on the day. Three of the miscues came in the second inning of the nightcap, when Kittitas coupled the three errors with a walk and three hits to push six runs across the plate.
Harris said the Coyotes' second game pitcher, Bruketta, wasn't all that effective yesterday, noting she walked eight of the Lady Knights. Unfortunately, said Harris, her players didn't clutch up with runners on base, opting to swing at pitches out of the strike zone, which resulted in numerous weak pop-ups.
SCHS scored its lone run of the second game in the top of the first, on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of freshman Jacqui Roberts.
In Tuesday's opener, the Lady Knights rallied from a 1-0 deficit to forge a 3-1 lead in the top of the third. A pair of walks drawn by Brittany Den Hoed and Tori Van Wingerden sandwiched a double by Roberts to load the bases. Tami Lambrecht drove in the first of the three runs with a fielder's choice grounder. Emma Hernandez accounted for the two other runs by lashing a double.
Kittitas roared back in the bottom half of the third, though, plating three runs of its own to regain the lead at 4-3.
Sunnyside Christian squared the contest at 4-all in the top of the sixth. Tyssyna Van Wingerden got aboard with a single, eventually scoring on a throwing error by the Coyotes. Kittitas snapped the tie and earned the win by pushing in a lone tally in the bottom of the sixth off a pair of singles and a crucial pickoff throw that sailed into the outfield.
Roberts had the lone multi-hit performance for Sunnyside Christian in the opening game, going 2-for-3. In the twin bill finale, both Roberts and sophomore Courtney Rice were 1-for-2 at the plate.
The Lady Knights (9-3) are scheduled to play a league doubleheader at Klickitat this coming Friday.