Wednesday, March 24, 2004
MATTAWA - Past games between the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team and Wahluke have either been really close or the Knights have been blown out. Yesterday, Sunnyside Christian left little doubt about which was the best team.
The Knights blasted 1A Wahluke 13-3 in the five-inning non-league affair.
Sunnyside Christian had 12 hits and 13 stolen bags in yesterday's game.
"We played really well," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Kevin Fennell. "We are just taking an aggressive approach."
The Knights excelled at the plate, felt Fennell. Sunnyside Christian ripped some hard shots that cradled the line, resulting in some timely base hits.
Wahluke scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and one more in the third.
The Knights had lone tallies in the top of the first and fifth innings, but broke open the game with a combined 11-run second and third innings.
Justin Burgers led off the Knights' six-run second inning with a single and then stole second. Derek Van de Graaf plated Burgers with a base hit. Lucas Kilian, who had another phenomenal game for Sunnyside Christian yesterday, ripped an RBI double. Aaron Van de Graaf then walked and stole second. Chad Den Boer unleashed one of his two doubles on the day to plate Kilian and Aaron Van de Graaf. Den Boer and Cole Van de Graaf later scored off an error by Wahluke.
The Warriors had five errors on the day while Wahluke's pitching staff allowed five walks.
The Knights put the icing on the game with a five-run third inning, which included a two-run double from Den Boer.
Den Boer also improved to 3-1 on the season, picking up the win in two innings of relief work yesterday.
Fennell has been very impressed with Kilian over the last few games. Fennell said the Knight senior set some lofty goals entering the season and has surpassed them so far.
The Knights (2-0, 4-1) will resume Greater Columbia 'B' League play this Saturday at home in a doubleheader against Lyle.