SELAH - It's not often when the perennial power of Mid-Valley League baseball, Selah, is on the hook. And when those moments come, a team better finish off the mighty Vikings. Well, this past Saturday, the Grizzlies had their shot at knocking off those powerhouse Vikes, but walked away with nothing.
The Vikings held on to sweep the Mid-Valley League opener from the Grizzlies. Selah took the opener 12-7 and then won the nightcap 11-8.
The story for the Grizzlies in the opener was five errors.
"We pounded the ball," said Sunnyside Coach Dave Martinez of his team. "We just played horrible defense."
Pound the ball is what the Grizzlies did, as Sunnyside out hit Selah 14 to 11.
Sunnyside had two runs in the third before exploding for five runs in the sixth inning. Pete Marquez scored Timmy Briones, Joel Zakahi and Tyler Cullen with his bases clearing double in the sixth. Chris Newberry then plated Marquez with his single before scoring later off a sacrifice fly ball from Uberuaga.
Sunnyside stranded eight base runners in the opening game. The most notable chance the Grizzlies had to score came in the fifth inning with runners at second and third and only one out, but Sunnyside ended up walking away with nothing.
Cole Boboth and Newberry had strong outings at the plate for the Grizzlies, both going 3-for-4.
The Vikings got on the board with a four-run outing in the bottom of the first. Selah then scored a pair of runs in the third before posting three-run innings in the fourth and sixth.
Sunnyside's starting pitcher Derek Uberuaga didn't receive much help defensively. The Grizzlies' five errors led to eight unearned runs.
"It was mind boggling to see it happen," said Martinez of the errors by his team. "It was just flat out not getting the glove on the ball. We sure made them look good."
Sunnyside took an early 2-0 lead in the nightcap by plating a pair of runs in the top of the first. Selah battled back, scoring one run in the second and two in the third before busting the game open with a four-run fourth inning. The Vikings finished the game off with a two-run spot in the fifth and three more runs in the sixth.
Sunnyside nearly came back on the Vikings, but fell a bit short in the top of the seventh, scoring six runs.
With one out in the seventh, Newberry had a two-run single. Boboth hit a ball that was misplayed by Selah later in the inning, allowing a pair of runs to cross home plate for the Grizzlies. Uberuaga ended the scoring for Sunnyside with a two-run homer.
Sunnyside stranded five runners in the nightcap.
Martinez said the second game was more mental mistakes again, despite his team committing only two errors.
"We have to be mentally ready to go," said Martinez.
Martinez said he hopes his team learned from Saturday's loss.
"They know what happened (Saturday) was completely in their control," said the Grizzly skipper.
The Grizzlies (0-2, 2-5) will have a couple of non-league home games over spring break to work on perfecting their game. Sunnyside will host Rochester on Tuesday in a game that was moved from a 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. start. The same two teams will hook-up again Wednesday at 11 a.m. Sunnyside resumes league play this Saturday at home against West Valley.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E
Sunnyside 0 0 2 0 0 5 0 7 14 5
Selah 4 0 2 3 0 3 X 12 11 2
Pitching-Derek Uberuaga one strikeout, two walks, 10 hits in 5-2/3 innings. Joel Zakahi one hit in 1/3 inning.
Hitting-Eric Crimp 1-for-3. Tyler Cullen 1-for-3. Chris Newberry 3-for-4. Cole Boboth 3-for-4. Pete Marquez 2-for-4. Joel Zakahi 2-for-4. Tyler Esqueda 1-for-4.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E
Sunnyside 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 8 2
Selah 0 1 2 4 2 3 X 11 11 3
Pitching-Tyler Cullen seven hits, three walks, one hit batter in four innings. Joel Zakahi three hits, one walk, one hit batter in two innings.
Hitting-Joel Zakahi 1-for-2. Derek Uberuaga 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Chris Newberry 1-for-3. Pete Marquez 2-for-4. Cole Boboth 1-for-4. Eric Crimp 1-for-4.