NACHES VALLEY - Some good old fashioned baseball was played in the confines of Naches Valley yesterday as the Grizzlies made their way to the home of the Rangers.
A squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh gave the Rangers a 6-5 victory in the non-league affair.
"Our kids competed," said Sunnyside Coach Dave Martinez.
The Grizzlies' cause wasn't helped out too much by Matt Clark's two-out grand slam in the bottom of the third for Naches Valley. The Rangers plated their other run in the bottom of the fourth to take an early 1-0 lead.
Sunnyside got on the board with a strong three-run showing in the top of the third. Tyler Cullen started the inning by drawing a walk and then with one out Cole Boboth singled. Teammate Chris Newberry was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Derek Uberuaga unleashed a single to plate a pair of runs. Newberry then scored off a base hit from Eric Crimp. Sunnyside also had two runs in the sixth, one of which came from an RBI single by Pete Marquez.
Martinez said he felt besides the grand slam, a turning point in the game came in the fifth inning when the Grizzlies failed to score anyone with runners at first and third and only one out.
Martinez credits Naches Valley with how it put together the winning scoring opportunity in the bottom of the seventh. Sunnyside had its only error of the game in the bottom of the seventh, leading to the unearned run that proved to be the game winner.
Joel Zakahi had a nice outing on the mound in his first start of the season for the Grizzlies. Zakahi fanned six in five innings of work while giving up six hits and hitting one batter. Martinez said Zakahi struggled to find his spots early on in the game, but threw real strong in his last two innings. Timmy Briones and Uberuaga closed out the game, tossing 2/3 of an inning apiece.
Crimp had another outstanding day at the plate for Sunnyside, going 3-for-4. He accounted for the majority of Sunnyside's eight hits.
Martinez praised his players for the way they have been able to stay in all three games they have played early on this season.
"We have been in some pretty good situations," added Martinez.
The Grizzlies (0-0, 1-2) host 2A Quincy this Thursday in another non-league game.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E
Sunnyside 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 5 8 1
Naches 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 6 8 1
Pitching-Joel Zakahi six strikeouts, six hits, one hit batter. Timmy Briones two hits, two strikeouts, one walk in 2/3 innings. Derek Uberuaga one hit, one strikeout in 2/3 innings.
Hitting-Pete Marquez 1-for-3. Cole Boboth 1-for-3. Chris Newberry 1-for-3. Tyler Esqueda 1-for-3. Eric Crimp 3-for-4. Derek Uberuaga 1-for-4.