RICHLAND - Despite a full-fledged effort that put a scare into the Selah Vikings, the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team saw its season come to a close this past Saturday at the District tournament.
"It was a great game," said Sunnyside Coach Kris Gonzalez.
"The girls played their hearts out. It was a great way to end the season, even though we lost," Gonzalez added.
The Lady Grizzlies only managed two hits off Selah in the District tourney opener, yet Sunnyside was in the loser-out contest to the very end. Selah ended up rallying for a 5-4 victory.
Sunnyside hurler Erika Garcia limited the Vikes to just two hits through the first four innings. But, Selah bunched three hits together in the fifth, plating two runs in the process, to rally from behind for the win. Selah ended up as the No. 3 seed out of Districts to Regionals, while Sunnyside finished its 2004 campaign with an overall mark of 6-15.
Sunnyside drew first blood in the game, when Jessica Cruz laid down an RBI bunt single in the top of the third. Jenny Jones scored the run for the Lady Grizzlies, after drawing a leadoff walk, moving to second on a passed ball and advancing to third on a groundout off the bat of Monique Montelongo.
Selah responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the third. The Lady Grizzlies committed two of their three errors in that frame.
Sunnyside didn't wait long to regain the lead, pushing in three runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 4-2 advantage. Ironically, the Lady Grizzlies plated the three runs without the benefit of a single hit. The Selah pitcher, Glaspie, plunked two Sunnyside batters with pitches that inning and walked one other. Also, Selah committed its lone error of the game in the fourth.
Glaspie ended up getting lifted midway through the fourth. She was replaced by Jonas, who yielded just a fifth inning single to Victoria Solis while pitching scoreless ball the last three and a third innings.
Selah rallied with a run in the bottom of the fourth to draw within 4-3, then scored the tying and winning runs in the fifth.
"It's not like we didn't have our opportunities," said Gonzalez. "We had plenty of baserunners in the game, especially early on," explaining that Glaspie gave up six base-on-balls and hit three Sunnyside batters.
Sunnyside's pitcher, Garcia, fared much better. She allowed only one walk while fanning five. Garcia, in going the distance, was touched for five hits.
"Erika pitched very well," said Gonzalez. "It's a game we could have easily won."