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Knights bats come alive, sweep Trout Lake

TROUT LAKE - Playing for the third playoff spot in the Greater Columbia "B" League, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team traveled to Trout Lake Tuesday, sweeping the Mustangs 14-7 and 14-3.

The first game started out close but the Knights pulled away in the fourth inning. Until then it was a ball game.

With the game tied at 2, Matt Haak walked to start off the third inning. John Bosma then doubled, which scored Haak. Jake Bosma then doubled and that drove in John Bosma for a 4-2 lead.

Cole Van de Graaf then singled and Brandon DeVries brought Van de Graaf home on his single. DeVries later scored by being walked.

With the score 6-2 Trout Lake fought back and made it 6-5 in the bottom of the third.

"Cole Van de Graaf started on the mound for us and he had some trouble in the third inning," SCHS Coach Jeff Bosma said. "He gave up one run and we brought in Justin Burgers, who pretty much shut them down after that."

Burgers would get the win, throwing seven strikeouts and giving up four runs.

John Bosma went 3-for-4 from the plate with two RBIs and a double in the first game. Luke Meininger was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases. Meininger also had two RBIs. Cole Van de Graaf hit 2-for-4 with one RBI.

In the second game the Knights exploded for 19 hits. "That was the most hits we've got in a game this year," Coach Bosma said. "It's also our first game this year without any errors."

John Bosma was the starting pitcher and he lasted five innings, recording 10 strikeouts and only giving up three runs. The second game was only six innings because the 10-run mercy rule. Aaron Van de Graaf came in to pitch the final inning for the Knights. He struck out the side.

The Knights had a three-run lead going into the fourth when they opened the game up.

Meininger started things out by hitting a single. The next two batters were thrown out and then the Knights put together a two-out rally and scored four runs.

Aaron Van de Graaf singled and scored Meininger. Matt Haak then singled and this scored Van de Graaf. John Bosma came up and singled. Haak and Bosma then did a double steal before Jake Bosma came up and drove both Haak and his cousin John home.

Jake Bosma finished 3-for-3 in the game with a double and three RBIs. Aaron Van de Graaf hit 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBIs. John Bosma was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Luke Meininger was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

"It was really nice to see Luke break out," Coach Bosma said. "He was 6-for-8 on this trip and that's really good for us. Justin and John both did a good job on the mound for us."

The Knights (6-4, 9-8) play their last game of the regular season this Friday, May 5, at 2 p.m. against Mabton in Sunnyside.

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