KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team keeps remaining competitive, but the Knights still find a way to dig themselves into a hole.
The main problem Tuesday afternoon against Liberty Christian, as it has been for much the season, was the walks given up by the Knights' pitching staff.
In yesterday's 11-5 loss, the Knights pitchers gave up 13 walks and hit four batters. Remarkably, the only big inning Liberty Christian had was a seven-run second.
"That has been the story of the season," admitted Sunnyside Christian Coach Jeff Bosma about the problems of his pitching staff.
Despite the loss, Bosma said the Knights put up a good effort against Liberty Christian.
Sunnyside Christian was held scoreless until the top of the fourth. Trailing 8-0, the Knights plated four runs in the top of the fourth. Chad Den Boer started the fourth inning off with a single. Cole Van de Graaf was then hit by a pitch. Den Boer came around to score the first run for the Knights off a single from Jake Bosma. John Bosma then plated Van de Graaf with his single. Luke Meininger, who continued to swing the bat well yesterday, then laced a single for the Knights to score Jake Bosma. John Bosma later scored off a sacrifice fly by Aaron Van de Graaf.
Coach Bosma said that the Knights had trouble early on figuring out the Liberty Christian pitcher, but did well in the next go-rounds against him.
"We got off to a slow start," said Bosma.
The Knights had six hits in yesterday's game. Both John Bosma and Meininger were 2-for-3.
Sunnyside Christian (0-4, 2-9) will host Riverside Christian this Saturday in a league doubleheader.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E
SCHS 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 5 6 2
Liberty 1 7 0 0 3 0 x 11 7 0
Pitching-Justin Burgers seven walks, two hits, one strike out in 1-1/3 innings. Cole Van de Graaf three strikeouts, four hits, three walks in 2-2/3 innings. Derek Van de Graaf one hit, three walks in two innings.
Hitting-Chad Den Boer 1-for-2. John Bosma 2-for-3. Luke Meininger 2-for-3. Cole Van de Graaf 1-for-4. Jake Bosma 1-for-4. Matt Haak 1-for-4.