RICHLAND - Coming up with half of her club's hits on the day, freshman Cassie Guillen provided about the only highlights for the Sunnyside High School girls fastpitch softball team last Friday.
Guillen, called up to the varsity to help fill in for four missing players, made the most of her opportunity against the Mid-Valley League leading Hanford Falcons. She broke up a no-hitter being tossed against her team in the opening game by singling in the sixth inning. It proved to be the only hit the Lady Grizzlies could muster in the first contest, enroute to dropping a five-inning, 10-0 decision to the Falcons.
In Friday's nightcap, Guillen drove in both of Sunnyside's runs in its 11-2 loss to Hanford.
The Lady Grizzlies were getting no-hit in the second contest, but Victoria Solis got things rolling for Sunnyside with a leadoff single in the top of the sixth. Amanda Montelongo followed with a single of her own. Following a groundout off the bat of Marina Martinez, which put both Solis and Montelongo into scoring position, Guillen lashed her second single of the doubleheader up the gut to plate the two runners.
Sunnyside Coach Ralph Mendoza, impressed with Guillen's efforts at the plate, said he will likely keep the freshman on the varsity team.
Hanford, which shares the conference lead with West Valley, committed no errors in Friday's twin bill. The Falcons bunched eight hits together in the opening game, then exploded for 13 more in the nightcap.
Sunnyside (1-7, 3-12) has two league doubleheaders remaining against Ellensburg and Prosser. Mendoza said if his team can pull out two wins in its last four regular season games, the Lady Grizzlies stand a good chance at earning the league's final playoff berth.
Sunnyside 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 1 8
Hanford 2 0 0 3 2 3 -10 8 0
Pasillas, Garcia (6) and Soto. Carlson and Travis.
S'side 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 -2 3 1
Hanford 2 2 0 0 2 5 x -11 13 0
Pasillas, Garcia (5) and Soto. Garcia, Carlson (6) and Travis.