KITTITAS - A fairly strong pitching performance by seldom used hurler Tori Van Wingerden, coupled with aggressive base running, led the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team to a 12-8 non-league victory over the Kittitas Coyotes yesterday.
Tuesday's win evened the Lady Knights' overall record on the season at 2-2.
SCHS Coach Sandy Harris credits yesterday's victory to her club's daring base running efforts.
"We stole lots and lots of bases," she said. "We were very aggressive on the bases.
"Kittitas threw the ball around a lot trying to get the girls out, and they ended up making quite a few errors. We took advantage of that and were able to score some runs," Harris added.
Sunnyside Christian's leading base stealers yesterday were Brittany Den Hoed with four swipes, and Van Wingerden and Jacqui Roberts with three apiece.
The Lady Knights took the lead for good against Kittitas in the top of the third. Tied at 2-2 heading into the frame, Den Hoed singled her way aboard, then stole second and third. A bunt by Abby Berkompas was misplayed by the Coyotes, allowing Den Hoed to score. Kittitas committed another throwing error on the same play, and Berkompas took advantage and raced home to give the Lady Knights a 4-2 lead.
Sunnyside Christian increased its lead to 7-2 with a three-run burst in the top of the fourth. Roberts' RBI single was the key blow in the inning.
The Lady Knights also got a two-run triple from Courtney Rice in the seventh. She finished with four RBI on the day.
A double by Van Wingerden in Sunnyside Christian's first at-bat of the day led to an early 1-0 lead. Kittitas forged a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the first, but freshman Naomi Den Hoed squared the game at 2-all by socking a leadoff homer to right center in the top of the second. She finished the game with 2-for-3 stats at the plate.
In getting a rare start atop the pitching rubber, Van Wingerden limited the Coyotes to four runs and six hits in five innings of work. She fanned six Kittitas batters while giving up four walks. Roberts pitched the final two innings for the Lady Knights, yielding just two more hits to the Coyotes.
Sunnyside Christian's ace hurler, Emily Hernandez, is currently out of action due to illness.
The Lady Knights were originally scheduled to host Klickitat this coming Friday, but the Vandals have been unable to field a team this season. That means the Sunnyside Christian squad will be out of action until Tuesday, April 11, when they open 'B' league play at home against the Lyle Cougars.