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Peppers too hot for Sun Valley 16/18-year-olds

SELAH - After losing an extra inning heartbreaker in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday, the Sun Valley Junior Leagion team of 16/18-year-olds dropped the second contest as they were swept by the host Yakima Valley Peppers of Selah.

In the opener the Sunnyside team led most of the way, paced by a two-out, two-run double by Nathan Cornelius in the second inning to put Sun Valley up 3-1. Tristan Abbott set the table for Cornelius, laying down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third.

The game tightened from there as Sun Valley clung to a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Down to its last out, Yakima Valley pulled off a double-steal, and an errant throw to third on the play brought in the tying run to send the game into extra innings.

In the bottom of the eighth, Yakima Valley got the lead-off runner aboard on a Sun Valley error. A base hit later brought the runner home to secure the win for Yakima Valley.

"We had them on the ropes," said Sun Valley Coach Tyler Alseth. "We just made a couple of mistakes late in the game."

Gibby Briones pitched seven strong innings for Sun Valley, and helped his own cause with an RBI single in the first inning. Teammate Sef Amaro also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 at the plate.

In game two, the Peppers broke out the bats in a 19-3 win over the Sunnyside squad.

The hosts batted around for 14 runs in the first three innings to cruise to the victory.

Amaro started the game atop the hill for Sun Valley before making way for relief pitcher B.J. Miller.

Miller was struck by a pitch in the head while batting and had to come out of the game. At that point, Alseth then turned to Robert Snyder to close out the five-inning game.

Sun Valley did all of its damage in the second inning, as a two-RBI double by Victor Nunez keyed a three-run rally.

Sun Valley is now 0-6 for the season and returns to action Friday at Walla Walla.

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