A two-hit performance by Tami Lambrecht highlighted Sunnyside Christian's 4-1 non-league victory over Liberty Christian Tuesday afternoon.
The win came on the heels of Sunnyside Christian's 5-3 non-league loss to Thorp Monday. The Lady Knights upped their overall record on the year to 14-4 with yesterday's victory.
Tuesday's game at Liberty Christian barely warranted the bus ride there, as it only took an hour and 15 minutes to complete the contest. SCHS girls softball coach Sandy Harris said it was a well played game, with only one error committed, that by the host Liberty Christian squad. The two teams also combined for just 11 hits.
Sunnyside Christian got all the runs it would need in the top of the first inning. Walks to Lambrecht, Emma Hernandez and Tyssyna Van Wingerden loaded the bases for the Lady Knights, and Carly DeGroot followed by driving in a run with a fielder's choice grounder. Jacqui Roberts then drove in a second run with a single.
The Lady Knights plated two insurance runs in the second frame. Tori Van Wingerden, after reaching base on an error, made Liberty Christian pay for the miscue by getting into scoring position on a steal of second. Lambrecht clutched up and drove Van Wingerden in with a single. Later in the inning, Lambrecht scampered home when the Liberty Christian catcher threw Courtney Rice out at first on a dropped third strike.
Liberty Christian netted its lone run of the game in the bottom of the third.
Hernandez went the distance in the abbreviated affair yesterday, striking out five Liberty Christian batters and walking none. She yielded six hits on the day, but scattered them effectively.
"Emma (Hernandez) pitched very well yesterday," said Harris.
Rebekah Roberts limited the Lady Knights to just five hits and like Hernandez recorded five strikeouts. But unlike her counterpart, Roberts issued four base-on-balls.
"We actually should have hit Roberts better," Harris said. "She doesn't throw as fast as most of the pitchers we see. I think that threw our timing off a little."