LYLE - The Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team came within a whisker of pulling off an unbeaten season in South Central 'B' League play.
The Lady Knights' lone blemish, though, came yesterday. Lyle squeaked out a 6-5, extra inning victory to pin the first conference loss of the season on Sunnyside Christian. But, the Lady Knights recovered nicely, earning a split of the twin bill with a dominating 14-0 win in the nightcap.
Sunnyside Christian finished as league champs with a mark of 11-1. Overall on the season, the Lady Knights are 15-5. The SCHS girls open postseason play this coming Saturday at the District tournament in Zillah. They'll play either Mabton or Klickitat in a 10 a.m. pairing.
In its 14-0 whitewashing of the Cougars yesterday, Sunnyside Christian piled up 15 hits against Lyle pitcher Mitzi McMurrin. Freshman Brittany Den Hoed and sophomores Courtney Rice and Emma Hernandez accounted for nine of those hits. Den Hoed was 3-for-3, Rice went 3-for-3 while driving in two runs and scoring three times, and Hernandez was 3-for-4 with a double in the fourth inning. The Lady Knights also got two hits apiece from Tysynna Van Wingerden and Carly DeGroot, who combined for seven RBI.
In Tuesday's opening game, Sunnyside Christian snapped a 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth by plating a pair of runs. Amy Mensonides started the extra inning rally by bunting her way aboard. The Lady Knights then loaded the bases on a walk to Lambrecht and with a single by Hernandez. Van Wingerden gave Sunnyside Christian the lead by lashing a two-run single between the first and second basemen.
But, Lyle refused to fold. In the bottom half of the ninth, the Cougars came up with three singles. Coupled with an outfield error and a passed ball that could have been ruled a wild pitch, Lyle rallied with three runs to pull out the victory.
In the losing cause, Van Wingerden drove in two of Sunnyside Christian's five runs with a 2-for-5 offensive effort. Rice had a triple for the Lady Knights in the second inning, but was left stranded. Lyle was paced to the win by McMurrin, Dawn Ullom and Terra Rappey, each of whom went 2-for-5 at the plate.
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Su 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 -5 6 6
Ly 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 -6 7 4
Hernandez and Ty. Van Wingerden. McMurrin and Ullom. Hits-(SCHS) Ty. Van Wingerden 2/5 2RBI; (L) Rappey 2/5, McMurrin 2/5, Ullom 2/5.
SCHS 1 1 2 6 4 -14 15 0
Lyle 0 0 0 0 0 -0 2 3
Hernandez and Ty. Van Wingerden. McMurrin and Ullom. Hits-(SCHS) Rice 3/3 2RBI, Den Hoed 3/3, Hernandez 3/4, Ty. Van Wingerden 2/4 5 RBI.