GOLDENDALE - New Sunnyside Christian High School Coach Jeff Bosma wasn't worried as much about winning last night's non-league game at Goldendale, as he was about saving some pitching arms for this coming weekend's league opener.
The Knights will host Glenwood/Trout Lake on Saturday in a twin bill to kick off Sunnyside Christian's Greater Columbia 'B' League campaign. With that in mind, Bosma had several players out of position in yesterday's 11-2 loss to Goldendale.
"We needed to keep some arms fresh for (Saturday's) game," said Bosma of his pitching staff.
Sunnyside used four pitchers yesterday, one of which was pitching for the very first time. They included Cole Van de Graaf, Derek Van de Graaf, Bosma and Justin Burgers. It was the first time John Bosma has ever pitched and was the first time since his sophomore season that senior Derek Van de Graaf has taken the mound.
"He was one of our highlights," said Bosma of Van de Graaf.
Van de Graaf tossed 2-1/3 innings for the Knights, giving up one run, three hits and recording one strikeout.
The big inning for Goldendale was a six-run second. The Timberwolves also had two-run spots in the bottom of the first and fifth innings while adding one more run in the third inning.
The Knights scored their two runs in the top of the second. With one out, Burgers singled and later scored off a double from Bosma. Bosma later scored when Goldendale misthrew the ball trying to pick off Sunnyside Christian freshman Brenen Swofford, who was stealing the first base of his prep career.
The Knights weren't too spectacular at the plate, recording just four hits. Bosma went 1-for-2 with the double in the second inning providing the highlight.
The Timberwolves racked up 14 hits.
Sunnyside Christian committed four errors that Goldendale took advantage of in the game. Coach Bosma said the errors were mainly from him fielding players who weren't used to playing their assigned positions yesterday.
Coach Bosma gives a lot of credit to Goldendale.
"They had good pitching," said Bosma. "That is a pretty good team."
Sunnyside Christian (0-0, 1-1) opens league against Glenwood/Trout Lake, which beat the Knights last year, at home on Saturday.
"We are going to have to come out and give our best effort," said Bosma.
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SCHS 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4
G'dale 2 6 1 0 2 0 X 11 14 2
Hitting: John Bosma 1-for-2 with a double in the second inning. Derek Van de Graaf 1-for-2. Justin Burgers 1-for-3. Aaron Van de Graaf 1-for-3.