YAKIMA - Considering the caliber of competition at the West Valley June Jam Tournament, the sixth place finish the Sun Valley baseball team nabbed isn't too bad.
However, the Sunnyside-based team went away from the eight-team tournament knowing that in many ways it was numerous mistakes that cost the team a higher spot.
"It was a pretty good tournament," said Sun Valley Coach Dave Martinez. "We were very, very competitive. We wanted to win."
Sun Valley opened the tournament with a 6-0 loss to the older West Valley team, which went on to win its own tournament.
Sun Valley finished sixth after losing 4-0 to Washington Baseball Systems, a select team out of the Seattle area, on Sunday in the trophy round.
Cole Boboth threw a complete game six-hitter, collecting three strikeouts and allowing three walks. Only two of the four runs against Boboth were earned, as Sun Valley committed three errors.
"He had a decent outing," said Martinez.
The problem for Sun Valley wasn't Boboth's pitching, but rather a lack of timely hitting.
Sun Valley had seven hits in the game, but none of them seemed to come at the right time, said Martinez. The Sun Valley coach said that a lot of the hits his team had came with guys on base with two outs.
"We couldn't get timely hits when we needed them," said Martinez.
A potential momentum-builder could have been snatched from Sun Valley after a disappointing tie on Saturday against Mt. Rainier. The game ended in a 1-1 tie and was called due to a two hour and 15 minute time limit.
"We squandered some opportunities," said Martinez.
Opportunities were what Sun Valley had plenty of in the game. The local diamond team left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings and had a baserunner tagged out at the plate in the fifth inning.
The tie spoiled a rather solid outing from Joel Zakahi on the mound for Sun Valley, who was seeing his first action in a week. Zakahi had an effective game, needing around 90 pitches. Zakahi scattered five hits, struck out another five and walked one.
Mt. Rainier's only score of the game was an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning.
Sun Valley scored its lone run in the top of the seventh. Sun Valley recorded the run when Cole Boboth popped up a ball to the pitcher. Teammate B.J. Miller was at first base and off the bag. Mt. Rainier's pitcher tried to throw Miller out at first base, but on the play an alert Josue Alvarez took off for home from third base to score a run.
Lucas Ramos was 1-for-3 in the game with a double in the sixth inning. Gibby Briones and Zakahi were both 2-for-4.
Sun Valley picked up its lone win of the tournament on Friday, via a brilliant pitching performance from Miller.
Miller tossed a one-hitter as Sun Valley cruised past North Thurston 4-1. North Thurston won the WIAA 3A State high school championship two years ago, said Martinez. North Thurston played to a tie with the older West Valley team on Saturday.
"I was very pleased," said Martinez of the win. "They are a strong program."
The only hit Miller gave up in the game was a drag bunt in the sixth inning. North Thurston ended up scoring a run off the bunt.
Miller had five walks in the game and struck out six. But it was the walks that nearly got Miller into trouble in the third inning, when he put two aboard on free passes.
"B.J. did a nice job," said Martinez. "He was hitting his spots on the outside of the plate."
Sun Valley's big inning was a four-run fourth. Miller started the frame by being hit by a pitch. He then stole second base. Diego Burgueno singled to put runners at the corners. Timmy Briones laid down an RBI squeeze bunt, beating out the throw to first. Cameron Boboth then loaded the bases with a single. Alvarez laid down another squeeze bunt to bring in a run before Gibby Briones ripped a two-run single.
Briones tossed the seventh for Sun Valley, retiring the side in order.
"We were focused up and played seven strong innings of baseball," said Martinez.
Sun Valley (4-8) will begin play in the always competitive Hermiston Fourth of July tournament this Friday.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E
SV 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 7 1
North Thurston 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
Pitching: B.J. Miller six strikeouts, one hit, five walks in six innings. Gibby Briones two strikeouts in one inning.
Hitting: Timmy Briones 2-for-2. Cameron Boboth 1-for-2. Gibby Briones 1-for-3. Cole Boboth 1-for-3. Lucas Ramos 1-for-3.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E
Mt. Rainier 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
SV 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1
Pitching: Joel Zakahi five strikeouts, five hits, one walk in a complete game.
Hitting: Lucas Ramos 1-for-3. Diego Burgueno 1-for-3. Joel Zakahi 2-for-4. Gibby Briones 2-for-4. Zach Marquez 1-for-4.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E
System 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 6 0
SV 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
Pitching: Cole Boboth six hits, three strikeouts, three walks in a complete game.
Hitting: Sef Amaro 1-for-1. Dane Schmick 1-for-1. Lucas Ramos 1-for-2. Timmy Briones 1-for-2. Zach Marquez 1-for-3. Josue Alvarez 1-for-3.