MATTAWA - Despite yielding just seven hits on the day, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team could muster just one victory out of the three games it played this past Saturday.
Competing at the Wahluke Invitational, the Lady Knights dropped their first two contests to Chelan and Cashmere, but bounced back to thrash the host Warriors, 14-2.
The 1-2 record Sunnyside Christian posted at the tourney moved the Lady Knights' overall mark on the season to 5-5.
SCHS Coach Sandy Harris said Saturday's tourney was a good opportunity for her 2B club to match up against teams from larger 1A schools. Harris said she was pleased her pitching staff held the team's three opponents to just seven hits on the day, and had it not been for untimely errors and a few too many walks the outcome of the first two games might have been different.
"We'll keep working hard on fundamentals," said Harris. "Fewer walks, less errors.
"We still have half the season to work out the bugs," she said.
In Saturday's opener against Chelan, Sunnyside Christian actually out-hit the Goats by a 6 to 2 margin. The ending score, however, was in Chelan's favor, 3-1.
Starting hurler Tori Van Wingerden, while limiting the Goats to just two hits and notching seven strikeouts along the way, did allow four base-on-balls. Coupled with the three errors the Lady Knights committed, Chelan took advantage of the miscues and eked out the two-run victory.
Sunnyside Christian scored its lone run off Chelan in the top of the sixth. Jacqui Roberts got aboard with a single, and following two flyouts, she raced home on a single put into play by Jamie Sveen, who finished 2-for-3 for the game.
Sunnyside Christian's second game against Cashmere, a 10-0 whitewash, was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
But, like in the opener, the Lady Knights came up with more hits than did Cashmere, out-hitting their opponents by a 5 to 3 margin. The telling numbers were the 11 walks Cashmere took advantage of, along with the five errors Sunnyside Christian committed.
"Everything just kind of fell apart for us in this game," said Harris, adding that when her club was at the plate the Lady Knights "...couldn't string anything together."
In the losing cause, Roberts was the only player on either side to bang out more than one hit. She finished 2-for-3.
In their wrap-up 14-2 win over Wahluke, the Lady Knights tallied nine hits in the game. Van Wingerden drove in a pair of runs on a 2-for-3 performance, and Brittany den Hoed collected three RBI on a 2-for-4 effort, which included socking a two-run triple in the fifth inning. Also excelling at the plate for Sunnyside Christian were Melanie Van Wingerden, who drove in two runs with a second inning double; Hillary Bosma with a third inning, one-run double; and Naomi den Hoed with a double in the third frame.
Harris was even more pleased that her club didn't commit a single error against Wahluke, and that pitchers Hillary Bosma and Melanie Van Wingerden combined to give up just two walks.
In looking ahead, Sunnyside Christian will host Liberty Christian this Tuesday and will entertain Kittitas two afternoons later on Thursday. This coming Friday the Lady Knights will return to league play with a single game at Lyle.
S'side Christian 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -1 6 3
Chelan 0 0 2 0 1 0 x -3 2 1
T. Van Wingerden and M. Van Wingerden. Nelson, Harter (7) and Pickett. S'side Christian: Sveen 2/3.
S'side Christian 0 0 0 0 0 -0 5 5
Cashmere 2 4 1 1 2 -10 3 1
T. Van Wingerden, Bosma (5) and M. Van Wingerden. Conners and Jaffrif. S'side Christian: Roberts 2/3.
S'side Christian 3 4 2 1 4 -14 9 0
Wahluke 0 0 0 2 0 -2 2 2
Bosma, M. Van Wingerden (4) and B. den Hoed. Crane and Sabin. S'side Christian: T. Van Wingerden 2/3, 2 RBI; B. den Hoed 2/4, 3 RBI, 3B; M. Van Wingerden 1/3, 2 RBI, 2B.