HERMISTON, ORE. - The Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team spent its Fourth of July weekend making a name for itself. The local diamond team turned some heads with its fourth place finish at the annual Fourth of July summer baseball tournament in Hermiston.
"It was a great tournament," said Sun Valley Coach Dave Martinez. "The kids just competed all weekend."
Sun Valley started the tournament with a bang, defeating Milton-Freewater in its opening game. Milton-Freewater went on to win the six-team tournament.
Sun Valley took the Friday afternoon game 7-5. Sun Valley rallied from a 4-2 deficit with four runs in the top of the fourth and never looked back.
Cameron Boboth had a two-run single in the fourth while teammate Nathan Cornelius laid down a squeeze bunt to bring in a run.
"The kids kept battling," said Martinez.
B.J. Miller put in a solid four innings of work on the mound, despite giving up six walks.
"He was dealing with a strike zone that was real inconsistent," said Martinez.
Miller gave up five of the seven hits recorded by Milton-Freewater while striking out three.
Timmy Briones added an insurance run for Sun Valley in the top of the fifth with a squeeze bunt to score Joel Zakahi, who had tripled to start the inning.
Sun Valley then opened play on Saturday with a 10-0 whipping of Stanfield.
Stanfield broke up Cole Boboth's no-hitter in the top of the fifth with two outs. Boboth was sensational in the five-inning affair, striking out five while allowing no walks.
Sun Valley put the game away with a seven-run second inning.
Sun Valley had eight hits in the game, led by Zakahi and Diego Burgueno, who were both 2-for-3. Zakahi had 4 RBIs in the game, including a two-run double in the third.
Sun Valley's other game on Saturday was a late afternoon thriller against Hermiston.
Hermiston scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to squeak by Sun Valley 5-3.
Martinez said Hermiston had a left handed hurler that kept his team at bay for four innings. The lefty had a wicked curve ball that stymied the Sun Valley bats.
"He was just shutting us down," said Martinez.
Sun Valley finally broke through with a run in the fifth when Cornelius scored off a double play that Zach Marquez hit into. Sun Valley then added two runs in the sixth. Gibby Briones scored off a passed ball. With Miller at the plate, Cole Boboth stole home to tie the game.
Hermiston chipped away at Zakahi, who got the start on the mound for Sun Valley. Hermiston had lone runs in the first, second and fourth innings. Zakahi gave up five hits, but had four strikeouts.
"It was a fun summer baseball game," said Martinez. "The kids were really into the game."
Sun Valley dropped another heartbreaker on Sunday to Madras, which finished second at the tournament, losing 6-5.
"They were a good team," said Martinez.
Dealing with another inconsistent strike zone, Timmy Briones battled his way through 5-1/3 innings. Briones walked four in the first inning when Madras scored three runs, but surrendered only two freebies the rest of the way while allowing only four hits.
"He did a good job," said Martinez.
Sun Valley had another strong showing at the plate, racking up seven hits. Burgueno had an RBI double in the second and Cole Boboth had an RBI triple in the third.
Madras scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth with two outs to win the game.
Sun Valley finished fourth after losing 10-0 to Dean's Athletics.
"We were totally out of pitching by then," said Martinez.
Martinez said he was more than pleased with his team's efforts.
"It was a fun weekend," said Martinez. "We had a great time. I was really proud of them."
Sun Valley (7-10-1) hosted Naches in a nine-inning game today (Tuesday). Sun Valley will start play in a tournament at Selah on Thursday.
1 2 3 4 5 6 T H E
SV 2 0 0 4 1 7 8 2
MF 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 7 0
Pitching: B.J. Miller five hits, six walks, three strikeouts in four innings. Gibby Briones two hits, one strikeouts in two innings.
Hitting: Joel Zakahi 1-for-1 with a triple in the fifth inning. Timmy Briones 1-for-2. Cameron Boboth 1-for-2. Nathan Cornelius 2-for-3. Gibby Briones 1-for-3. Cole Boboth 1-for-3.
1 2 3 4 5 T H E
Stanfield 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
SV 1 7 2 0 X 10 8 2
Pitching: Cole Boboth one hit, five strikeouts in five innings.
Hitting: Joel Zakahi 2-for-3 with 4 RBIs including a two-ruin double in the third inning. Diego Burgueno 2-for-3.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E
SV 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 6 1
Hermiston 1 1 0 1 0 2 X 5 7 0
Pitching: Joel Zakahi five hits, four strikeouts in five innings. Tyler Cullen one strikeout, one walk in one inning.
Hitting: Cole BOboth 2-for-3.
1 2 3 4 5 6 T H E
SV 0 1 3 1 0 0 5 7 1
Madras 3 1 0 0 0 2 6 8 2
Pitching: Timmy Briones four hits, two strikeouts, six walks in 5-1/3 innings. Gibby Briones three hits.
Hitting: Diego Burgueno 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the second inning. Cole Boboth 2-for-3 wiht an RBI triple in the third. Lucas Ramos 1-for-3. Gibby Briones 2-for-4.
1 2 3 4 5 T H E
Dean's 3 3 0 0 4 10 9 0
SV 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3