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Sunnyside girls win Yakima River League title

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Members of the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch team recently won the Yakima River League summer fastpitch title. Members include (back row L-R) Marissa Gomez, Samantha Taylor, Rachel Flores, Veronica Uribe and Sami Garcia; (middle row L-R) Victoria Solis, Celeste Allen, Marina Martinez and Crystal Soto; (front row L-R) Vidi Pasillas, Devina Martinez and Erika Garcia.

It is always nice to win a league title, but it is a bit sweeter when a team does it with an undefeated season.

Case in point, members of the Sunnyside High School fastpitch team went 15-0-1 on its way to winning the Yakima River League title.

Sunnyside ended its undefeated season with a sweep of a tough Zillah team at home last Monday.

Sunnyside won the opening game 15-9. Sunnyside was down 9-1 going into the bottom of the third, platting eight runs to tie the game. Sunnyside then scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to get the win.

Samantha Taylor had an outstanding game for Sunnyside, going 3-for-4 at the plate.

"Everything she hit was solid," said Coach Ralph Mendoza.

Victoria Solis added a 2-for-3 effort while Celeste Allen went 2-for-2. Devina Martinez was 1-for-3 and Rachel Flores rounded out Sunnyside's effort at the plate, going 1-for-1.

Pitcher Vidi Pasillas can be given a lot of credit for the Lady Grizzlies rally, said Mendoza. Pasillas came in during the third inning when Sunnyside was struggling to get the final out of the frame. Pasillas went on to get the win in the first game and tossed the second game for the 'W' as well. Mendoza said in the first game, Pasillas didn't get any strike outs, but she did a nice job of making Zillah hit into groundouts.

What turned the game around for Sunnyside also was the poise it showed at the plate. Mendoza said early on his team was struggling to get a hit, but then Sunnyside slowed down its approach at the plate.

Sunnyside won the second game 6-3 over Zillah. Sunnyside posted three-run innings in the third and fourth frames.

Martinez and Marissa Gomez were both 1-for-2 at the plate.

"Zillah has a good program," said Mendoza.

Pasillas tossed a five-hitter while striking out four.

Sunnyside finished its season 15-0-1. The tie was with Sunnyside Christian earlier this season in a game that was called because of rain.

"Overall, it was a great summer season," said Mendoza. "The girls that were out there were dedicated."

Victoria Solis led Sunnyside in hitting this season with a .440 average. Marina Martinez had a .417 average and Devina Martinez batted .382.

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