A summer fastpitch team headed up by Sunnyside High School fastpitch coach Ralph Mendoza started its season in a new league last week.
The Sunnyside team is playing in the AAU Inland Empire League, after taking part in the Yakima River Summer League last year. The AAU league features such teams as Sunnyside Christian, Zillah, Mabton and Wapato.
Monday, June 20, marked the season opener for Sunnyside.
The Sunnyside group traveled across town to play against Sunnyside Christian in a twin bill.
Sunnyside won the first game of the doubleheader 7-3.
Sophomore Brittany Amaro tossed a two-hitter and scattered three walks to get the win.
"She locates the ball well," said Mendoza.
Sunnyside Christian scored lone runs in the second, third and fourth innings.
Sunnyside opened the game with a two-spot in the first inning and then exploded for four runs in the second. The final run of the game for Sunnyside came in the top of the third.
Sunnyside had five hits, led by the 3-for-3 effort from Jessica Cruz. Cruz had two triples in the game. Teammates Veronica Uribe and Amanda Guillen had the other hits for Sunnyside.
Sunnyside had two errors compared to the four errors by Sunnyside Christian.
Mendoza said the opening game of the summer season was a learning process, as he fielded a young summer squad.
Sunnyside pounded out 10 hits in its 14-8 win in the nightcap over Sunnyside Christian.
But, walks and errors were nearly Sunnyside's undoing. Amaro and Guillen combined to allow nine walks in the nightcap, although they only gave up just five hits. Sunnyside also had four errors.
Sunnyside Christian scored a lone run in the second before plating four runs in the third and then three more in the fourth.
Sunnyside had a one-run first, but busted the game open with a five-run third and an eight-run fourth.
Sunnyside had 10 hits in the nightcap, led by Desiree Vasquez's 3-for-3 effort. Vasquez had two bases clearing triples in the nightcap. Amaro finished 2-for-3 at the plate. Cruz, Veronica Uribe, Cassie Guillen, Amanda Guillen and Maggie Fernandez also had hits in the game.