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Coyotes hold SCHS hitless in non-league encounter

BURBANK - Using five pitchers to Sunnyside Christians' three, the Columbia-Burbank Coyotes outperformed the Knights 6-0 during yesterday's non-league came.

The five Burbank pitchers kept the Knights' bats silent for seven innings, only allowing men on base through errors.

Cole Van de Graaf started on the mound for Sunnyside Christian and pitched well. He struck out four in four complete innings. In the first four innings the Knights allowed only three runs with two of them earned.

The unearned run occurred when SCHS catcher Luke Meininger threw the ball wildly while attempting to throw out a runner stealing third.

Down 3-0 to start the fifth, Meininger took over the pitching duties for the Knights. He pitched one and one-third innings, fanning two and allowing two runs, one of them earned.

The Knights had their chances. Down 4-0 to start the sixth inning, SCHS looked like they might tie it. Bert den Hoed and Brandon Swofford got on base due to errors. After an out, Meininger walked to load the bases and big Cole Van de Graaf game up to bat.

Unfortunately, he cracked a shot to the pitcher, who got the easy force at home. Brandon De Vries then flew out to end SCHS's threat.

The Coyotes picked up two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.

"They had good pitching and good defense," SCHS Coach Rob Faber said, noting the Knights went 1-2-3 in the first four innings. "They (Coyotes) fielded the ball very well."

"We knew it was going to be difficult but we still should have had a hit," he added.

SCHS (0-4, 1-6) will travel to Klickitat this Saturday, April 14, for a doubleheader.

A game with Wahluke scheduled today and one scheduled on May 8, have been permanently canceled. Wahluke doesn't have enough players to field a team this season.

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