CONNELL - Too much of Michelle Booker cost the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team yesterday.
Booker, displaying good control from the pitching rubber, piled up nine strikeouts Tuesday and scattered just five hits in leading Connell to a 5-2 non-league victory over the Lady Grizzlies. She also had a key single in the second inning, which helped the Eagles to push three runs across the plate that frame.
Despite sustaining the loss, Sunnyside pitcher Vidi Pasillas turned in a pretty strong effort, as well. Pasillas was touched for eight hits in going the distance, but she didn't allow a walk and set four Connell batters down on strikes.
Sunnyside scored both of its runs in the last inning. Designated hitter Sam Taylor, who had the only multi-hit performance for the Lady Grizzlies, opened the seventh frame with a leadoff single. Following a strikeout, Crystal Soto drew a walk. A groundout off the bat of Marina Martinez pushed Taylor and Soto up a bag, setting up Jessica Cruz's two-run single up the gut.
The Lady Grizzlies' undoing came in the bottom of the second, when Connell plated three runs. Singles by Booker and Pruitt and a key two-run single by Quartrell were the smashes that did in Sunnyside.
Tuesday's loss, Sunnyside's fifth consescutive defeat, dropped the Lady Grizzlies' overall record on the season to 2-5. Sunnyside is scheduled to host Wapato this coming Saturday in a Mid-Valley League doubleheader.
Sunnyside Coach Ralph Mendoza said he anticipates a good showing from his club against Wapato, based on recent line-up changes he said are panning out for the Lady Grizzlies.
"We've moved a couple of people around, position-wise, and our hitting is starting to come around," he said.
S'side 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -2 5 4
Connell 1 3 0 0 0 1 x -5 8 0
Pasillas and Epps, Soto (2). Booker and Pruitt. Hits-S'side: Taylor 2/3.