Nursing a 2-1 lead after two innings, the Sun Valley 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team appeared to have a shot at its first win of the season.
That hope came undone as Richland rallied for a 12-2 win over the Sunnyside team yesterday.
Playing at home, Sun Valley jumped out with a run in the first inning when Andrew Daley brought home Kevin Alvarez.
In the second, Sun Valley held on to its short-lived lead with an RBI by Alan Loera to score Andre Sarmiento.
But Richland roared back with four runs in the third and fourth innings to put the game away.
Sun Valley Coach Jaime Garcia said his team committed six errors for the game to further hurt the team's chances. "There were a lot of outs that should have been made," he said. All told, only six of Richland's runs were earned.
On offense, Sun Valley could muster just two hits.
"Richland played good defense," Garcia said. "We hit the ball but we always hit it right at someone."
Sun Valley, 0-13, travels to Richland next Tuesday for its next game.
Between now and then, Garcia said his team practices will focus on defense. "We need to know where to throw the ball," he said. "We need to do better at hitting the cut-off man."