It was a good start to the spring season for the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team under new head coach Jeff Bosma.
The Knights pulled out a 9-7 win over visiting Morton this past Saturday after exploding for five runs in the fifth inning.
"It was just kind of a good team effort," said Bosma.
Bosma is pumped for the season that features a returning roster that only lost one player, Lucas Kilian, off last year's squad.
"We have a pretty experienced team," said Bosma.
The experienced Knights got on the board first, scoring two runs apiece in the first and second innings.
Morton got on the board in the top of the third and then exploded for four runs in the fourth.
After going scoreless in the third and fourth innings, the Knights broke the game open with a five-run spot in the fifth. With one out, Justin Burgers reached off an error, which was followed by a single from John Bosma. In his only hit of the day, Sunnyside Christian's Joey Higgenbotham blasted a double to score two runs. Morton then gave up walks to Aaron Van de Graaf and Luke Meininger. With two outs, Chad Den Boer doubled to plate two runs.
Burgers was big on the mound for the Knights, getting the win. Morton scored two runs off Burgers in the seventh inning, but the Knights pitcher came through when he needed to. With the bases loaded, Burgers got two of Morton's batters to pop up to end the game.
Burgers picked up the win for Sunnyside Christian, tossing the last 3-2/3 innings. Burgers gave up four walks and two hits, but only one of the runs against him was earned.
Den Boer opened the game on the mound for Sunnyside Christian, allowing only two hits in a scoreless two innings of work. Cole Van de Graaf also threw 1-1/3 innings for Sunnyside Christian.
The Knights had a solid day at the plate, racking up 11 hits. Matt Haak and John Bosma each had 2-for-4 efforts for the Knights.
"We are going to have a pretty good hitting team," said Bosma.
Bosma said he was also pleased with the defense of his team, despite the three errors. Bosma said given the conditions on Saturday with the poor weather and it being the first game of the year, he could live with the errors.
"They made the outs when they had to," said Bosma. "I am optimistic for the season. The guys played well. It was kind of what we expected."
The Knights (0-0, 1-0) travel to Goldendale this Thursday for a non-league game with the Timberwolves.