Grizzlies complete sweep of Warriors


Sunnyside's Tyler Esqueda (#11) safely slides into home under the watchful eye of home plate umpire Tom Byers.

The Sunnyside High School baseball team got what it needed over the stretch of the last two days, heading into this weekend's crucial Mid-Valley League doubleheader at home against West Valley. What the Grizzlies gained with its sweep of Rochester was some much needed confidence, after some error prone games earlier this season.

The Grizzlies followed up Tuesday afternoon's 7-3 victory over Rochester with a 10-2 whipping of the Warriors Wednesday morning. And what was notable about the two-day outing was Sunnyside had only one error.

"That was the best thing of the last two days," said Sunnyside skipper Dave Martinez about the amount of errors his team committed. "I was real happy with the way we played."

Another nice surprise for Sunnyside on Wednesday was the gritty pitching performance of Austin Arevelo. Arevelo pitched a complete game for the Grizzlies, allowing Martinez to rest his bullpen in preparation for Saturday's doubleheader against the Rams.

Arevelo had a nice game, giving up only one earned run, which didn't come until the fifth inning. The Warriors scored an unearned run off Arevelo after an error by Sunnyside in the top of the seventh inning. The Sunnyside hurler finished with five strikeouts and allowed only four hits and two walks. Arevelo cruised through six innings, needing only 62 pitches, but had a long seventh inning. Arevelo threw 27 pitches in the seventh inning, finishing his complete game outing by tossing 89 pitches.

"I think he did a very nice job," said Martinez.

Martinez said what was also nice about Arevelo was that he was able to use his athleticism on the defensive side of the ball, helping field several balls that came his way.

Martinez also liked the play of his infield, most notably of Tyler Cullen and Cole Boboth.

Another bright spot for the Grizzlies was at the plate, from where Sunnyside rapped 10 hits. The Grizzlies have been struggling with moving baserunners, but the nice thing this time was that Sunnyside was able to get key hits at the right time.

"We were able to get some timely hits today," said Martinez.

The Grizzlies opened with a three-run spot in the bottom of the first inning, which included a two-run homer from Derek Uberuaga. Sunnyside then plated a run in the second inning. In the bottom of the third inning, the Grizzlies scored three runs, which included Joel Zakahi putting up a sacrifice fly to advance a runner. The Grizzlies then finished with a two-spot in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The game was going so well for the Grizzly varsity that Martinez was able to utilize some junior varsity players late in the game.

Pete Marquez found his niche at the plate on Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a lead-off double to start the game. Also getting hits for the Grizzlies were Chris Newberry, Boboth, Uberuaga, Zakahi, Tyler Esqueda, Timmy Briones and Frankie Galvez.

Martinez said he is hoping his Grizzlies (0-2, 4-5) can carry over the success of the last couple of days into practice the rest of this week before Saturday's big showdown against the Rams.


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