QUINCY - The Sunnyside Grizzlies may as well have kissed their sisters yesterday. They would have probably got the same satisfaction as they did in playing the Quincy Jackrabbits to a 5-5 tie.
Bad weather brought Thursday's non-league game to an end after five innings, after the Jacks squared things at 5-all by scoring a single run with a questionable shot down the foul line that was ruled in by the home plate umpire.
Quincy was poised to rally for the win in the bottom of the fifth, with runners at second and third with just one out after plating the tying score. But sophomore Gibby Briones, quickly becoming Sunnyside's go-to guy when the game is on the line, pitched the Grizzlies out of trouble by inducing a groundout and fanning the next batter to retire the side.
Briones' late game pitching performance, he relieved starter Cole Boboth after the senior hurler tossed the first four and a third innings, was clutch, according to Coach Dave Martinez.
The Sunnyside coach was equally impressed with the performance of catcher Diego Burgueno, making his first start of the season behind the dish.
"Diego did a great job," Martinez said. "He had some nice blocks where he knocked the ball down in the dirt. It's nice having two catchers who can get the job done."
Burgueno also stood out when he was standing next to the plate with a bat in his hands. After singles by Joel Zakahi and Zach Marquez to open the first frame, Burgueno ripped a double to left-center to give the Grizzlies an early 1-0 advantage. Burgueno finished 2-for-3 on the day.
Sunnyside, after the Jacks tied the contest at 1-1 in the bottom of the second, regained the lead in the top of the third when Zakahi, 2-for-2 yesterday, spanked an RBI double. Boboth came round to score on the extra base knock, having got aboard by being plunked with a pitch.
The Griz extended its lead to 5-1 in the top of the fourth. Nathan Cornelius started the three-run rally by reaching base on the only error Quincy committed yesterday. Following a single by B.J. Miller, which put runners on the corners, Anthony Palomarez lashed a single to plate Cornelius. Cameron Boboth, the younger sophomore brother of the senior Cole Boboth, followed with an RBI single of his own. Sunnyside plated the third run of the inning when the older Boboth drove in Palomarez from third with a sac fly.
Quincy responded with a three-run uprising of its own in the bottom half of the fourth, drawing within 5-4. The Jacks then tied the game in the fifth before the officials ruled the weather was too bad to continue.
Sunnyside (0-2-1), still in search of its first victory of the season, is scheduled to host Bellingham for a single game this coming Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Martinez said his crew has its work cut out for it, as Bellingham fields a tough team year in and year out.
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Sunnyside 1 0 1 3 0 -5 10 1
Quincy 0 1 0 3 1 -5 7 1
Cole Boboth, Briones (5) and Burgueno. Melbourne, Peterson (5) and Aguirre. Sunnyside highlights: Zakahi 2/2, 2B; Burgueno 2/3, 2B. Quincy highlights: Aguirre 2B.