LYLE - Like a runaway locomotive with the throttle stuck wide open, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team appears unstoppable.
The Lady Knights upped their South Central 'B' League record to 6-0 yesterday by dominating the Lyle Cougars, 14-3 and 18-1. The doubleheader sweep gives Sunnyside Christian an eight-game winning streak.
"We hit the ball very well yesterday," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris, adding that her club also showed patience at the plate when the ball wasn't in the strike zone, evident by the 14 walks the Lady Knights drew in the twin bill.
"I was also very pleased that we only struck out once," Harris added. "We were making good contact."
The second game of Tuesday's twin bill was stopped after the fifth inning, due to the 10-run mercy rule. Freshman Emma Newhouse and juniors Courtney Rice and Emily Hernandez each banged out a pair of hits in the 18-1 victory.
After the Lady Knights pushed four runs across the plate in the top of the first, they virtually socked the nightcap away by plating seven more runs in the second frame. And, they scored the seven runs on just two base hits, both singles off the bats of Tyssyna Van Wingerden and Hernandez. The rest of the second inning baserunners were the result of three walks, a hit batsman and a Lyle error.
Of the two hits Rice came up with in the twin bill finale, one was a fifth inning two-run triple. Newhouse also had an RBI double in the fifth, which saw five Lady Knights cross the plate that frame.
In Tuesday's opener, the Van Wingerden sisters-senior Tyssyna and sophomore Tori-combined for five hits to lead Sunnyside Christian to the easy 14-3 win. Sophomore Brittany den Hoed contributed a fifth inning three-run homer. She finished with five RBI for the game.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Lady Knights didn't exactly turn in a stellar effort...at least not in the opener. The five errors they had in the first game was sliced to just one miscue in the nightcap, though.
Pitching-wise, Sunnyside Christian looked sharp. Hernandez tossed a four-hitter in the first contest of the day, striking out seven and walking none along the way. In the second game, Carly DeGroot spun a five-hitter against Lyle. She walked none while fanning five.
DeGroot's battery mate in the second game, the freshman Newhouse, made a rare start behind the plate. Harris said her back-up catcher looked sharp, even recording a throwout on the one lone steal Lyle attempted in the game.
Lyle's top gun, shortstop Carol Woosley, finished with three hits on the day. She was 1-for-3 with a double in the first game and went 2-for-2 with a triple in the second contest.
SCHS 0 3 0 2 6 0 3 -14 11 5
Lyle 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 -3 4 4
Hernandez and Ty. Van Wingerden. Loring and Struck. Hits-(SCHS) Ty. Van Wingerden 3/5, 2B; To. Van Wingerden 2/5, 2B; den Hoed 1/4, HR, 5 RBI; (Lyle) Woosley 1/3, 2B.
SCHS 4 7 0 2 5 -18 9 1
Lyle 0 0 0 1 0 -1 5 6
DeGroot and Newhouse. Loring and Struck. Hits-(SCHS) Rice 2/3, 3B, 3 RBI; Newhouse 2/3, 2B; Hernandez 2/4; (Lyle) Woosley 2/2, 3B.