Sunnyside Christian Knights sweep Klickitat

After dropping its last four games, including the last two league games, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team got two much needed wins.

Playing a doubleheader against Klickitat last Friday, the Knights beat the Vandals twice, 11-1, in two shortened games.

In the first game Aaron Van de Graaf got things going when he tripled in the first inning. He would then score on a passed ball.

In the second inning Klickitat tied the score at one when Cole Van de Graaf has a spot of control trouble and walked two batters. He then gave up the only hit Klickitat would get and the tying run crossed home plate.

In the third inning, John Bosma led off with a triple and then scored on Jake Bosma's single. The Knights hit four triples in the first game.

With the score 2-1, the Knights opened up the lead in the fifth inning. John Bosma reached on an error and then Jake Bosma tripled, bringing home his cousin. Then Cole Van de Graaf singled and Luke Meininger doubled to bring home Bosma and Van de Graaf.

The pitcher from Klickitat then walked two Knights and walked two more to bring home a run and load the bases. Aaron Van de Graaf hit an RBI single with two outs and Jake Bosma came back up and singled in two runs.

The nine-run inning put SCHS up by 10 runs so the came was called.

Cole Van de Graaf (1-1) picked up the win, pitching a complete game. He struck out 10, walked six and allowed one hit and one earned run. He hit 1-for-3 with an RBI.

"Cole was overpowering," SCHS Coach Jeff Bosma said. "He really had a great fastball."

Jake Bosma went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI's. Luke Meininger was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Aaron Van de Graaf went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.

In the second game, the Knights spread their runs around but still managed to win by the same score, 11-1.

Jake Bosma (1-1) got the start and pitched well enough to get the win. He fanned nine batters, walked two, and gave up one earned run on four hits.

"John was really efficient for us," Bosma said. "He threw less than 80 pitches in five innings."

The Knights made it 2-0 in the first inning when Aaron Van de Graaf reached base on an error and then stole second and third base. He scored when Jake Bosma singled. After Bosma stole second and third base, Luke Meininger singled to score Bosma.

In the third inning, John Bosma reached on an error and Jake Bosma also reached on an error. Matt Haak singled and drove home Jake Bosma and then John Bosma would score on a passed ball. SHCS led 5-0.

In the fourth inning Aaron Van de Graaf singled, then stole second and third. He would eventually score on a passed ball. Jake Bosma walked and he too would score on a passed ball. After Meininger was hit by a pitch, Matt Haak singled Cole Van de Graaf home and then Brandon De Vries scored two players on his single.

Aaron Van de Graaf came in the game at the top of the sixth. He quickly struck out three batters to retire the side.

Brandon De Vries went 2-for-3 with three RBI's. Luke Meininger was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Aaron Van de Graaf hit 1-for-3 with five stolen bases. Matt Haak was 2-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases.

"These were a couple of games we needed to win," Bosma said. "We're going to need to win a few more league games if we want to make it to districts. I was very happy with the pitching."

The Knights (2-2, 3-4) travel to Mattawa to play Wahluke Tuesday, April 11, at 4 p.m.


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