WAPATO - The Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team is steaming down the tracks at full speed.
The Lady Grizzlies collected two more victories this past Saturday, 15-4 and 18-11 wins over Wapato, to up their win streak to five. Sunnyside (4-5, 5-10) opened the season with 10 consecutive losses.
The two victories over Wapato will go a long way in ensuring the Lady Grizzlies will qualify for this year's playoffs, said Sunnyside Coach Kris Gonzalez. Her club still has a pair of doubleheaders against Mid-Valley League leaders Selah (May 7) and Hanford (May 11).
Sunnyside singled the Wolfpack to death this past Saturday, collecting 21 hits-all one-baggers-in the twin bill.
In Saturday's opener, both Victoria Solis and Samantha Taylor banged out three singles. Solis drove in four runs in the 15-4 victory. Rachel Flores added a 2-for-3 offensive performance for the Lady Grizzlies.
"We got our singles when we needed them," said Gonzalez, adding that Wapato also gave up five walks to her club in the first contest.
Solis again had the hot bat in the nightcap, going 2-for-3 at the plate. Lacey Yanez chipped in a 2-for-4 effort in the Lady Grizzlies' 18-11 win.
Sunnyside rallied from a 5-4 deficit in the twin bill finale by pushing six runs across the plate in the top of the fourth. Oddly, the Lady Grizzlies only came up with one hit that frame, a lead-off single by Yanez. Wapato's pitcher walked two Sunnyside batters that inning and hit three of the Lady Grizzlies, and her teammates committed two errors behind her.
Gonzalez used two pitchers in Saturday's doubleheader. Erika Garcia got the nod in the opener. She allowed six hits while fanning four and walking two. In the second game, Viri Pasillas scattered six hits in going the distance. Pasillas collected six strikeouts along the way and walked only one.