THORP - Both clubs came up with four hits yesterday, but in the end the Thorp Tigers prevailed over the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team, 5-3.
Monday's non-league contest was hosted by Thorp. The loss dropped the Lady Knights' overall record on the season to 13-4. Sunnyside Christian has another non-league game at Liberty Christian this afternoon (Tuesday), and will then close out the regular season with a South Central 'B' League doubleheader at Lyle next Tuesday, May 11.
Thorp opened a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After SCHS hurler Emma Hernandez issued the first of her two walks in the game, Amy Barto smacked a two-run homer.
Sunnyside Christian retaliated in the top of the fourth, forging a 3-2 lead, on a three-run homer off the bat of sophomore Courtney Rice. Singles by Amy Mensonides and Tami Lambrecht set up Rice's three-run blast.
"It was a beautiful shot by Courtney," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris. "She hit it over the left fielder's head. Thorp plays in an enclosed park. The ball rolled all the way to the fence."
The Tigers regained the lead in the fifth frame. Up until that inning, the only hit Thorp had managed off Hernandez was Barto's home run in the first. But the Tigers bunched two singles and a double together in the fifth, and coupled with a Lady Knight error, Thorp pushed three runs across the plate to take a 5-3 lead.
Sunnyside Christian wasn't able to mount any kind of a threat after that.
"We weren't able to get our bats going," said Harris. "We weren't patient enough at the plate. We were swinging at the ball out of the strike zone.
"The story of the game was no offense," she continued.
"We had three errors, but only one of them cost us a run.
"Our pitching was good. Emma pitched a real good game. She had seven strikeouts and only gave up four hits. She only walked two.
"Our pitching and defense was there. The offense was a different story," Harris said.