WAPATO - Notching their first two league wins of the season, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies beat Wapato twice, 14-3 and 10-8 Wednesday to improve their chances of making the playoffs.
In the first game the Grizzly hitters connected 16 times to build a 14-2 lead and force the mercy rule to take effect. Sam Garcia pitched for the Grizzlies and she allowed 10 hits and only three runs. Victoria Ramos caught for the Grizzlies.
"She was pitching good," Sunnyside Coach Ralph Mendoza said of his starting pitcher's performance. "She kept the hitters off balance."
Sunnyside had no problem putting the ball into play and its defense made plenty of good plays. "There were lots of fly balls," Mendoza added.
Jessica Cruz hit 2-for-3 for Sunnyside. Teammates Lacey Yanez went 2-for-4 and Marina Martinez was 3-for-3.
Britteny Rammerman, a freshman JV player brought up for this game, finished the first game 2-for-4. Sunnyside teammates Amanda Montelango was 2-for-3 and Rachel Flores hit 2-for-2.
In the second game, Garcia continued to pitch for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies built a 10-6 lead after three innings but couldn't get anything going after that.
"Wapato's third baseman was coming up with some great plays," Mendoza said, explaining his team's lack of offensive production in the last four innings.
Garcia pitched into the seventh but then got into a jam and Amanda Guillen came in to finish.
With runners on second and third with one out, Guillen got the hitter to pop one up near the catcher. The catcher caught the ball for the out and then fired the ball to third base, where the base runner was caught off guard. The double play ended the game and gave Sunnyside its first two league victories of the season.
Martinez and Cruz both were 2-for-5 at the plate. The freshman Rammerman again had a good game, going 3-for-4 in the second game. Marissa Gomez had her first multiple hit performance of the season. Gomez was also 3-for-4 in the second game.
"Marissa has worked very hard this season and it's showing," Mendoza said. "She's spent a lot of time in the cages practicing."
Kassi Guillen was 2-for-4 and Maggie Fernandez was 2-for-3 for Sunnyside.
"These two games were big for us," Mendoza admitted.
The Lady Grizzlies (2-6, 5-10) will host Ellensburg Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m. A sweep of Ellensburg and a spilt with Prosser next week should give the Grizzlies a chance at the #4 seed in the playoffs.