YAKIMA - Baseball is a game where pitchers have to do their jobs. Well, yesterday the pitching of the Sun Valley 16-18-year-old baseball team seemed to be on a break for the most part.
Sun Valley dropped a twin bill to West Valley yesterday, losing 14-7 and 10-3.
In the opener, West Valley tagged Sun Valley for three runs in the first and six runs in the second. West Valley then collected a run in the fifth and finished with a four-run sixth. West Valley had 11 hits in the game and committed three errors.
In his first-ever outing on the mound, Sef Amaro got dinged by West Valley. Amaro was unable to get out of the second inning. He had three walks, hit two batters and allowed four hits, including a three-run homer.
Sun Valley Coach Dave Martinez said Amaro tried in his first outing and that is the point behind summer baseball, to get some time playing the game.
Timmy Briones pitched in relief and did a nice job, finishing out the game. Briones had four strikeouts in the game, complemented by him retiring the side in the third and fourth innings. Briones had some trouble adjusting to the strike zone of the official in the last couple of innings. But despite his late problems, Briones did well, said Martinez.
"His curve ball was working real well," noted the coach.
Nathan Cornelius, Gibby Briones and Joel Zakahi all had multiple hit games. Also accounting for some of Sun Valley's nine hits were Cole Boboth, Josue Alvarez, Lucas Ramos and Zach Marquez.
Boboth provided some highlights for Sun Valley fans in the opening inning. He had a 2-RBI base hit in Sun Valley's five-run first inning. Sun Valley also had lone runs in the third and fifth innings.
In the nightcap, starting pitcher B.J. Miller was roughed up a bit, giving up eight runs in three innings of work. After a seven-run third, West Valley added a two-run fourth. West Valley had 10 hits in the nightcap.
Marquez was a nice surprise, said Martinez. Marquez pitched the fourth, fifth and sixth for Sun Valley, quieting West Valley the rest of the way.
"He did his job," said Martinez.
Sun Valley had lone runs in the first, third and fourth innings off three hits.
A highlight for Sun Valley was the local team played perfect baseball defensively.
Sun Valley (2-4) played Hermiston at noon today at the Sunnyside High School baseball field.