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Knights sweep Lyle

LYLE - Trying to even its league record at 4-4, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team rode into Lyle last Friday and swept the Cougars 6-5 and 16-1.

The first game in the doubleheader was anyone's until the seventh inning.

Cole Van de Graaf was the starting pitcher in the first game. Van de Graaf pitched four innings, giving up four earned runs while striking out six and walking four batters. Justin Burgers then came in to relieve Van de Graaf and shut down the Cougars. Burgers gave up one run in three innings, striking out one and walking one.

"That was really the story of the first game," SCHS Coach Jeff Bosma said. "Burgers was able to hold Lyle to one run and let us get back into it."

The Knights were down by one run, 5-4, to start the seventh inning. Aaron Van de Graaf reached first base on an error and then stole second and third base. With one out, John Bosma tripled, sending Van de Graaf home to tie the score at five. Bosma then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

The Knights went into the bottom of the seventh with a 6-5 lead when Burgers pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh to notch the win for the Knights.

"That was outstanding," Bosma said of Burgers' effort.

Aaron Van de Graaf went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and four stolen bases. Cole Van de Graaf hit 3-for-3 and had an RBI. John Bosma was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs, a double, a triple and three RBIs.

The second game was over before it really got started as the Knights scored 13 runs in the first three innings en route to a 16-1 victory.

John Bosma, Justin Burgers, and Aaron Van de Graaf combined to pitch a one-hitter over five innings.

"We came out hot with the bats," Coach Bosma said. "We chased their pitcher out of the game in the first inning and they didn't have anyone to stop us after that."

Aaron Van de Graaf hit 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs, a double and a home run and two RBIs. John Bosma had another good game, hitting 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Luke Meininger was 2-for-2 at the plate with three runs scored.

"This was a couple of important league wins for us," Coach Bosma said. "Our goal is to finish 8-4 in league."

The Knights can do this by winning their last four games, starting with Trout Lake/Glenwood. The Knights travel to Trout Lake this Tuesday, May 1, for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

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