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JV Rangers pound S'side

Collecting 11 runs total in the second and third innings, the offensive explosion was more than enough for Naches to subdue Sunnyside in JV prep baseball action this past Tuesday.

The junior varsity Rangers went on to claim a 20-6 decision against Sunnyside's JV.

All told, Naches pounded out 18 hits against the Grizzlies, who were kept in check at the plate with just three hits.

Freshman Tristan Abbott, who pitched the second and third innings for Sunnyside and absorbed the loss, had the biggest hit of the day for the Grizzlies. Oddly, it came on a bunt.

"Tristan scored both the runner at third and second with a squeeze bunt," said Sunnyside JV Coach Tyler Alseth. "It was a perfectly executed bunt down the third base line."

Coupled with another run the Grizzlies pushed across the plate in the bottom of the first, Sunnyside forged ahead of Naches by a 3-1 score.

The lead didn't stand up long, however, as the JV Rangers regained the advantage with a six-run uprising in the top of the second.

The one other big hit Sunnyside collected Tuesday was an RBI double off the bat of junior Sef Amaro, that coming in the third inning.

Tuesday's loss was the Sunnyside JV's second of the season in as many outings. The Grizzlies were no-hit last Saturday by East Valley's junior varsity, 11-0. Elkins went the distance on the hill for the Red Devils, striking out five while giving up no hits.

Sunnyside's starting pitcher against East Valley, Hector Mendez, twirled the first three innings and allowed only one run.

"Hector pitched good for his first game of the season," Alseth said.

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