Sunnyside High School junior varsity baseball coach Tyler Alseth got pretty much what he expected in the first two games of the season from his group.
The first game last Friday against Hermiston was filled with walks and errors, pretty much what one would see on the opening day, on Sunnyside's part, leading to a 9-1 loss. But this past Tuesday's outing against Naches was more along the lines of what Alseth is used to seeing. The Grizzly JV hammered Naches' junior squad, winning 10-0.
In Friday's loss to Hermiston, Sunnyside managed only one run, which came in the bottom of the seventh. Dane Schmick scored after teammate Frank Salcedo reached base on an error.
Hermiston scored lone runs in the first, second, sixth and seventh innings. The two big innings for Hermiston was a two-run showing in the third and three-run burst in the fourth inning.
The Sunnyside pitching trio of Sef Amaro, B.J. Miller and Zach Marquez had their problems, giving up 12 walks. Miller did have two strikeouts and Marquez fanned one batter. The trio did combine to only allow six hits.
The Grizzlies had three errors, which Alseth said didn't hurt his team as much as the walks did.
Nathan Cornelius, Schmick and Amaro had the only three hits for Sunnyside, all of which were singles.
"We just had trouble hitting the ball," said Alseth.
Sunnyside's JV was scheduled to play East Valley's junior squad this past Saturday, but that game was rained out.
Life got a bit better for the Grizzly faithful this past Tuesday afternoon, as Sunnyside laid one on Naches' junior varsity team, winning 10-0 in a six-inning affair.
The Grizzlies posted lone runs in the first, second, third and sixth innings. Sunnyside had back-to-back three-run innings in the fourth and fifth.
In the fifth inning, Gibby Briones and Miller started things off with back-to-back walks. Zach Marquez then ripped a two-run triple and later scored off a single from Cameron Boboth.
Boboth had a nice day at the plate for the Grizzlies, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Josue Alvarez added a 2-for-3 effort, including a game-ending triple in the top of the sixth. Schmick, Marquez and Cornelius were all 1-for-3 on the afternoon.
Sunnyside had eight hits on the day and took advantage of nine Naches Valley walks.
The story, though, for Sunnyside was a solid pitching effort from Briones. Briones allowed just four hits while striking out three and scattering three walks.
"He did well," said Alseth. "I was really happy with Gibby's effort."
Alseth said Briones only needed about 80 pitches to get through the Rangers and didn't give up a walk until the fourth inning.
Sunnyside (1-1) hosts Quincy today (Thursday).