Limiting the Lyle Cougars to just five hits in each of the two games of a South Central 'B' League doubleheader this past Saturday, the Sunnyside Christian girls fastpitch softball team rolled to a pair of 5-4 and 12-4 victories.
The two wins upped the Lady Knights' conference record to 4-0, 5-0 overall.
"We played really good defense on Saturday," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris. "Tami Lambrecht, especially, had some excellent defensive play at shortstop."
In Saturday's opener, Sunnyside Christian rallied from a 2-1 deficit by plating three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Emma Hernandez and Tyssyna Van Wingerden doubled and singled, respectively, in the frame. Both scored on passed balls. Carly DeGroot also scored for the Lady Knights in the fourth, getting aboard via one of four errors Lyle committed in the game. DeGroot stole second, then advanced home on two passed balls.
The SCHS girls scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore Courtney Rice lifted a long fly between right and center fields for a triple, eventually scoring off a passed ball.
Van Wingerden had the lone multi-hit game for the Lady Knights in the opening contest, going 3-for-3, all singles.
In game two, a 12-4 decision claimed by the Lady Knights, both DeGroot and Lambrecht turned in 2-for-4 performances at the plate. Lambrecht drove in a pair of runs and also stole four bases. DeGroot was credited with four RBI. The only extra base hit of the game on the Lady Knights' part was a third inning double by Hernandez.
Sunnyside Christian put the second game out of reach with a seven-run explosion in the bottom of the first. Rice, Van Wingerden, DeGroot, Lambrecht and Amy Mensonides each had singles in the frame.
Notching the two victories from atop the pitching rubber was Hernandez (5-0), who has pitched the Lady Knights to all five of their wins this season. Hernandez scattered a total of 10 hits in Saturday's doubleheader, five in each game. She fanned seven Lyle batters in the opener, striking out another three in the nightcap. All told, Hernandez issued eight walks on the day.
The Lady Knights are out of action for more than two weeks, as they aren't scheduled to play again until Tuesday, April 13, when they host Klickitat for a league contest.