RICHLAND - After four consecutive wins, the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old baseball team proved it was human with a 14-4 loss at Richland Thursday night.
"The wagon fell off the cart," observed Coach Tom Schmick.
Richland took advantage of two Sun Valley errors in the second inning to post a seven-run rally to go up 8-2 over the Sunnyside squad.
The second inning errors, and the total of five Sun Valley committed for the game, were more than it had committed during the four-game win streak.
Schmick said Sun Valley was short-handed as some players had other commitments. "I had a lot of people playing different positions," he said.
Trailing 10-2 in the top of the fifth, Sun Valley tried to prolong the game beyond the 10-run rule with a two-RBI base hit by Lane Pickel.
But errors, particularly throwing errors to first base, helped Richland to a four-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth to close the game. "We were just off," said Schmick.
He noted that only four of the eight runs scored on Sun Valley starting pitcher Alex Aguilar were earned. After four innings of work, Aguilar gave way to relief pitcher Jaime Sarmiento.
Pickel was 3-for-3 to lead Sun Valley at the plate. Angelo Salinas was 2-for-2 with a double, and Jasper Rubacalva was 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the top of the second inning.
Sun Valley, 6-3, will look to get back on track tonight when it travels to Richland.