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Sun Valley finishes sixth at Selah tournament

SELAH - It was rough outing for the pitching staff of the Sun Valley 16-to-18-year-old baseball team at the eight-team Selah tournament. Sun Valley finished sixth at the four-day tournament.

Sun Valley opened the tournament last Thursday with a 12-5 loss to East Valley.

The story of the game for Sun Valley was giving up 10 walks and three hit batters. Sun Valley Coach Dave Martinez said when the pitching staff gives up those kinds of numbers it usually makes for a long day. Derek Uberuaga and Tyler Esqueda did combine for eight strikeouts in six innings of work.

East Valley led 3-0 heading into the top of the third when the momentum really started to change. East Valley scored three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and closed the game out with a three-run seventh inning.

Sun Valley scored one run in the fourth, three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh off of 10 hits.

Eric Crimp, who also pitched the seventh inning, went 3-for-4 at the plate. Chris Newberry was a solid 2-for-3 with a double in the first inning and a triple in the seventh inning. Tyler Cullen was 1-for-3 with a double in the sixth inning.

East Valley had 13 hits in the game.

On Friday, Sun Valley came back to massacre a Sedro Woolley team 14-1.

Sun Valley posted three-run showings in the bottom of the first and third innings. Sun Valley then exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth and had two more runs come home in the second inning.

Sun Valley's 15-hit effort at the plate was backed up by a solid pitching effort from Cullen, who threw a two-hitter. Cullen had four strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter. The only run scored off Cullen came from a walk in the top of the second.

Uberuaga went 3-for-3 with a double in the second inning. Crimp was also 2-for-5 with a double in the first inning. Esqueda went 2-for-3.

"We swung the bats well and were aggressive at the plate," said Martinez.

Sun Valley was also perfect in the field, committing no errors.

On Saturday, Sun Valley met up with the Peppers for the fourth time this season, losing 10-0. Sun Valley has gone 1-3 against the Peppers this season.

After scoring one run in the bottom of the first, the Peppers put together three-run innings in the second, third and fourth.

Sun Valley had three errors in the game.

Crimp, Jessie Ramirez and Esqueda each went 1-for-2 at the plate.

The Selah tournament ended for Sun Valley on Sunday with an 8-2 loss to the Yakima Scarlets.

The Scarlets had a six-run first inning and a two-run fifth inning off of 10 hits.

Sun Valley had one run in the top of the first and one in the third. Both runs were scored by Newberry, who was 2-for-3 on the day. Newberry scored off a double from Uberuaga with two outs in the top of the first inning. Newberry scored off an error by the catcher, who threw the ball into the outfield after over throwing first base in the top of the third.

Martinez said it was a combination of Sun Valley leaving a number of baserunners on and the Scarlets getting a bunch of bloop hits that made the difference in the game.

Sun Valley is scheduled to play a game this Tuesday against East Valley.

. Mike Kantman can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or email him at mkantman@eaglenewspapers.com

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