The Sun Valley team of Sunnyside, a Junior Legion summer team of 16 to 18 year-old baseball players, opened its 2006 campaign with a pair of home losses in a doubleheader against Prosser this past Monday.
Sun Valley dropped the opener 8-5, after Prosser broke open a tight game with a two-run rally in the fourth inning.
"We had a couple of miscues that they keyed on in that inning," said Sun Valley Assistant Coach Rick Puente.
B.J. Miller took the mound for game one and also helped the Sun Valley cause at the plate with two RBI. Teammates Cameron Boboth and Alex Herrera were 2-for-3 and 1-for-1 with an RBI, respectively.
Sun Valley dropped the nightcap to Prosser 5-4.
The two teams exchanged runs throughout the contest, with Prosser drawing first blood in a two-run rally in the first.
Sun Valley answered with two of their own in the second, sparked by run scoring base hits from Herrera and Tristan Abbott.
With the score knotted at 4-4, Prosser broke through for good in the top of the fifth by pushing across a single run.
Fielding miscues again undid Sun Valley, as the team surrendered two unearned runs. Game two starter Sef Amaro, for example, gave up just one earned run in four innings of work on the mound.
Still, there was a lot to like about the season opener, observed Puente.
We were pleased with the kids," he said. "They had some good execution."
Sun Valley, 0-2, is home again for a doubleheader this coming Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m., to play a team from Moses Lake.