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Pasco Police handcuff Sun Valley 14/15-year-olds

PASCO - Pasco police got the better of the Sun Valley 14/15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team yesterday.

Make that a Pasco team called the Police, named for the police department which is the team's sponsor.

The Sunnyside club was defeated 9-1, as Pasco took control early with seven runs in the first three innings.

Sun Valley played the game without five players who were attending a football camp.

Despite the loss, Coach Tom Schmick saw some positives.

"We didn't make that many errors," he said. Further, Sun Valley's pitchers, starter Victor Nunez and first-time hurler Matt Omlin, stayed away from surrendering one big inning.

While pitching and defense kept the hard-hitting Pasco team in single digits as far as runs are concerned, the Sun Valley offense was stymied at the plate.

The one bright spot for the Sunnyside team came in the fourth inning, when Nunez scored Jasper Rubacalva with a base hit.

"Their pitchers shut us down," Schmick said of Pasco, which held Sun Valley to five hits for the game. "They had a 15-year-old pitcher who threw a nice off-speed curve ball and we just couldn't hit it."

Nunez led Sun Valley at the plate with a 2-for-3 day, including the team's lone RBI. Angelo Salinas and Lane Pickel were 1-for-2 and 1-for-3, respectively.

Sun Valley (7-6) doesn't return to action until this Friday for a home game behind Harrison Middle School against Richland at 5:30 p.m.

Between now and Friday, Schmick said he hopes to get his team some practice time.

"The only way to hit one of those things (a curve ball) is to spend time in the batting cage," said Schmick.

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