Wild and wooly! That's one way to describe yesterday's non-league game between the Zillah and Sunnyside Christian girls fastpitch softball teams.
All told-there were a combined 22 hits, seven errors by each club, 12 walks total and a whopping 37 runs scored.
By the time everything got sorted out, it was the Lady Knights who prevailed, taking a 20-17 decision from visiting Zillah.
"It was a long, long game," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris. "A slugfest...thankfully we came out on top."
Sunnyside Christian, after the Leopards jumped out to a three-run lead in their first at-bat, roared back with an eight-run burst in the bottom of the first. Emily Hernandez spanked a rwo-run single in the frame, and Jacqui Roberts added an RBI single. Drawing bases loaded walks that inning were Courtney Rice, Emma Newhouse, Abby Berkompas and Leah Bosma.
Zillah rallied to take a 13-11 lead in the top of the fourth, only to have Sunnyside Christian scratch back with three runs in the bottom half of the fourth to regain the advantage. The Lady Knights put the game out of reach with a six-run sixth.
Top hitters on the afternoon for the Lady Knights (0-0, 1-2) included Rice, Hernandez and Newhouse, each of whom banged out two hits and drove in three runs apiece. Rice had a two-run triple in the fifth to right-center field. The only other extra base hit by the Lady Knights was an RBI double in the sixth by Tori Van Wingerden.
"Our girls hit the ball very well," said Harris. "We also took advantage of Zillah's errors and the seven walks they gave to us."
Hernandez, making her first start of the season on the pitching rubber, went the distance for Sunnyside Christian. She yielded 13 hits in the seven-inning contest, striking out five and walking five along the way.
"Zillah was hitting the ball pretty good," Harris said, noting that Hernandez was more focused on just delivering her pitches down the middle of the plate for strikes, as opposed to spotting her pitches down low and on the corners of the plate.
"It was Emily's first game this season," said Harris. "She'll fine-tune her pitching as the season progresses."
The Lady Knights are scheduled to play a doubleheader against visiting LaSalle this coming Saturday, which will be Sunnyside Christian's 'B' league opener. The first game is slated to begin at 10 a.m.
Zillah 3 4 1 1 4 0 4 -17 13 7
SCHS 8 2 0 1 3 6 x -20 9 7