LYLE - With two home runs in each game from Brittany denHoed, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team 10-runned the Lyle Cougars twice last Friday.
The doubleheader sweep, by scores of 11-0 and 17-7, improved the Lady Knights to 10-0 in 'B' league play, 14-3 overall on the season.
Sunnyside Christian closes out league play this coming Friday at home against Mabton.
The junior denHoed, whom Coach Sandy Harris said had been struggling of late at the plate, launched a pair of two-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings of the opening game. Sunnyside Christian also got a 2-for-3 offensive effort from Emily Hernandez, which included driving in two runs, and a 2-for-4 performance from Tori Van Wingerden.
Hernandez also excelled while in the field. The senior struck out seven Lyle batters in the opening game while scattering just two hits.
"Emily has been pitching well lately," said Harris.
In game two, Harris opted to go with the team's No. 2 hurler, Van Wingerden, and she went the distance in recording the 17-7 victory. Van Wingerden gave up single tallies in the second and third innings, before allowing a four-run fourth. In her defense, though, the Lady Knights committed four of their five errors in the fourth frame.
DenHoed again was the offensive star in game two. She crushed a lead-off home run in the top of the first, which, according to Harris, was the longest ball the SCHS coach has ever seen hit, and denHoed added a three-run homer in the fourth inning. DenHoed finished the nightcap with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate.
Also coming through for the Lady Knights in game two were Jacqui Roberts (2-for-4 with a two-run double in the second), Van Wingerden (2-for-4 with one RBI) and Emma Newhouse (two-run double in the second).
SCHS 0 2 3 3 3 -11 11 1
Lyle 0 0 0 0 0 -0 2 10
Hernandez and Newhouse. Sandovich and Struck. Sunnyside Christian highlights: denHoed 2/4, (2) HR, 4 RBI; T. Van Wingerden 2/4; Hernandez 2/3, 2 RBI.
SCHS 1 13 0 3 0 -17 12 5
Lyle 0 1 1 4 1 -7 8 2
WP-T. Van Wingerden. LP-Maeder.
T. Van Wingerden and denHoed, Newhouse (5). Maeder, Sandovich (2) and Struck. Sunnyside Christian highlights: denHoed 4/5, (2) HR, 4 RBI; Roberts 2/4, 4 RBI; T. Van Wingerden 2/4.