Playing for a spot in the District playoffs, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly fastpitch team didn't help itself this past Saturday, getting shut out in two games with Ellensburg, by identical 7-0 scores.
"Ellensburg's pitcher, Sarah McNamee, is a freshman and she is something," Sunnyside Coach Ralph Mendoza said. "Coming into our game she had 96 strikeouts on the season."
The Ellensburg pitcher allowed only one hit in the first game and struck out three Grizzlies. Sam Garcia pitched for Sunnyside.
"We just couldn't get anything going against them in the first game," Mendoza said. "We were making solid contact but couldn't find a hole. McNamee had great stuff and kept our hitters off balance."
Lacey Yanez got the Lady Grizzlies' only hit.
In the second game the Grizzlies did much better although the score doesn't reflect it.
Pitcher Jessica Espinoza started the game for the Lady Grizzlies and she lasted one inning.
"In the second inning she loaded the bases on walks and then allowed four runs to score on passed balls," Mendoza said.
She was replaced by Amanda Guillen in the second inning and she pitched the rest of the game. After the third inning she only gave up three hits, Mendoza added.
Yanez went 1-for-2 in the game with Victoria Ramos hitting 2-for-3. Sadelle Arevalo was 1-for-3 and Rachel Flores also hit 1-for-3.
"The second game was a heck of a game besides the second and seventh innings," Mendoza said. "We were making double plays and the players were playing sound."
Sunnyside (2-8, 5-12) travels to Prosser Tuesday, May 9, to play the Mustangs at 4 p.m. in their last regular season game.
"We need some help but we can still make the playoffs," Mendoza added.