The Sunnyside High School junior varsity baseball team didn't experience any more success than its varsity counterparts this past Saturday.
The Grizzly JV lost both games of Saturday's doubleheader to West Valley. The Rams junior squad won the first game 12-4 and then walloped the Grizzlies 17-6 in the nightcap.
While there were numerous issues for the Grizzlies over the weekend, the standout statistic is the amount of walks Sunnyside's pitching staff gave up. The Grizzlies gave up a combined 18 walks, 11 of which came in the nightcap.
"The walks just killed us," said Sunnyside JV Coach Tyler Alseth.
The Rams had a huge first inning, plating four runs. West Valley then plated three runs apiece in the second and seventh, mixing in a two-run showing in the fourth. West Valley had 10 hits and committed three errors in the opening game.
The Grizzlies had a lone run in the third inning before scoring three runs in the sixth. Joe Pacheco and Dane Schmick both singled to start the sixth. Teammate Sef Amaro then walked to load the bases. West Valley then issued a walk to Gibby Briones to score Pacheco. Schmick scored off a fielder's choice that Josue Alvarez hit into. Cameron Boboth then hit into another fielder's choice to plate Amaro.
Ryan Engel got the call on the mound for the Grizzlies in the opener, tossing three innings. Engel gave up six hits and had one strikeout. What hurt Engel was giving up five walks, three of which occurred in the first inning. Pacheco then entered in relief, tossing two innings. Pacheco allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out one.
"He did a pretty good job," Alseth said of Pacheco.
Boboth threw the last two innings, giving up two hits and a walk.
Amaro, Schmick, Pacheco, Diego Burgueno and Lucas Ramos all had a hit for the Grizzlies in the opener.
Alseth said the Rams swung the bats pretty effectively in the opener. The Rams had three doubles and two triples in the opening game.
In the nightcap, the Rams took advantage of 11 walks and 13 hits off the Sunnyside pitching trio of Pacheco, Gibby Briones and B.J. Miller to score 17 runs.
The Rams opened the game with two runs in the first before exploding with a five-run second inning. West Valley plated six runs in the third and four in the fifth.
Sunnyside plated a run in the second and three runs in the fourth. Anthony Palomarez had a two-run single that scored Ramos and Engel in the fourth inning. Palomarez later scored off a fielder's choice hit by Boboth. The Grizzlies ended the game with a two-run fifth.
The Grizzlies had six runs off eight hits in the second game. Zach Marquez, Palomarez and Engel each had two hits while Burgueno and Boboth had a hit apiece.
Sunnyside's JV (2-6) will host Ellensburg in a twin bill this coming Saturday.
Prior to the West Valley doubleheader, the Grizzly JV dropped a pair of games to Selah right before spring break. The Vikings won the opening game 8-7 before taking the nightcap 10-0.