UNION GAP - The LaSalle Lightning eked out a pair of one-run victories against the Sunnyside Christian High School girls softball team last Friday.
The twin losses squared the Lady Knights' Greater Columbia 'B' League record at 2-2. Sunnyside Christian is 4-4 overall on the season.
"It was one of those days when you couldn't catch a break," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris.
"We're a young team. Sometimes you have to take your lumps while you're learning.
"But one thing I can say about our girls...they are learning," said Harris.
Friday's opener, an 8-7 decision that went LaSalle's way, required three extra innings before the game was completed. The ninth and 10th innings were played under a tiebreaker format-each team started their at-bats with a girl on second.
Both clubs scored lone tallies in the ninth, but Sunnyside Christian took a temporary lead in the top of the 10th. Brittany den Hoed started off the 10th standing on second, and she quickly stole third. Following a fly-out, den Hoed raced home with the go-ahead run when Jamie Sveen slapped an RBI single.
LaSalle responded in its half of the 10th, however, with two runs to post the 8-7 win.
"I give our girls credit," said Harris. "They stayed in the game and battled."
In the losing effort in the opener, both Abby Bangs and Naomi den Hoed posted 2-for-4 efforts at the plate.
Friday's nightcap nearly went into extra innings as well, if not for the lone run LaSalle punched across the plate in the bottom of the seventh to give the Lightning a 7-6 victory.
LaSalle took advantage of three walks in that critical seventh frame, but it was a pick-off attempt at third that went awry that allowed the winning run to score.
"On the throw the ball hit the runner at third and the ball ended up going out of play," said Harris. "The runner was given home by the umpire."
LaSalle was in firm control of the second game, leading 4-2 through five full innings. Sunnyside Christian stormed back, however, plating four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. Leah Bosma started the sixth frame rally by drawing a walk. Following a single off the bat of Naomi den Hoed, both she and the lead-off batter scored when a ball put into play by Hillary Bosma was misplayed by the Lightning. Tori Van Wingerden followed, ripping an RBI single to give the Lady Knights a one-run lead. Brittany den Hoed then unleashed her second triple of the game, plating Van Wingerden to give Sunnyside Christian a two-run lead.
The Lightning scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to knot things up at 6-all, then loaded the bases in the seventh on three walks before scoring the winning run on the errant pick-off throw at third.
Hitting-wise for the Lady Knights in the second game, Brittany den Hoed was 3-for-4 and VanWingerden added a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
Sunnyside Christian will be out of action until Saturday, April 14, when the Lady Knights are scheduled to play at the Wahluke Invitational.
S'side Christ. 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 -7 8 9
LaSalle 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 -8 5 7
T. Van Wingerden (6 K's, 6 BB's) and M. Van Wingerden. Anderson (5 K's, 2 BB's) and Nichols. S'side Christian: Bangs 2/4; N. den Hoed 2/4. LaSalle: Herrera 2/3.
S'side Christian 0 1 1 0 0 4 0 -6 8 3
LaSalle 0 0 1 0 3 2 1 -7 3 3
M. Van Wingerden (1 K, 11 BB's) and B. den Hoed. Gonzalez and Nichols. S'side Christian: B. den Hoed 3/4, 2 #B; T. Van Wingerden 2/4.