RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Sun Valley baseball team ran into stiff competition this past weekend at a season ending baseball tournament in Richland. Sun Valley played two games Friday and Saturday, losing to Richland's Milestones 17-7 on Friday and Richland's Campbell and Company 17-5 on Saturday.
Travis Jones started on the mound for Sunnyside against Milestones, lasting three innings and giving up one walk while striking out two batters.
Jones was relieved by Jaime Sarmiento, who pitched the other three innings of the six-inning game. Sarmiento recorded two Ks, allowing six hits and five earned runs.
Milestones built a 14-0 lead before Sun Valley could get on the board in the fifth inning.
With one out in the fifth, Mario Sanchez was walked, Jones singled and then Andre Sarmiento was walked to load the bases. Up came Jasper Rubalcava, who then singled, which drove in two runs. After another Sun Valley out, Alex Aguilar singled, scoring two more runs. Jaime Sarmiento then doubled, which scored Aguilar, and Jonathon Paxton then doubled, scoring Sarmiento.
"They (Milestones) just hit the heck out of the ball," Sun Valley Coach Tom Schmick said of Richland's 17 hits. "They were hitting the gaps. It was just like batting practice."
Paxton finished the game for Sun Valley hitting 2-for-3 with an RBI. Jones was also 2-for-3. Alex Aguilar went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Pickel and Jaime Sarmiento went 1-for-3, as well. Rubalcava was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
On Saturday, Sun Valley played Campbell and Company. It was more of the same as Sun Valley's pitchers couldn't stop Campbell and Company from scoring.
Aguilar, Pickel and Jamie Sarmiento combined on the mound to give up 15 hits and 13 earned runs in the 17-5 loss.
The Richland team built a 14-0 lead before Sun Valley could score in the fourth inning.
Rubalcava got on base due to an error to start things out. After an out, Aguilar doubled, which scored Rubalcava. Jaime Sarmiento was hit by a pitch and then Paxton singled, scoring Aguilar. Luis Valles then walked and Roger Perales singled, bringing home one run. Pickel then singled, scoring two more runs before the inning ended with the next batter.
In the losing cause, Jones went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Aguilar was 1-for-1 with an RBI. Perales went 1-for-2 and Paxton was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
This last weekend was the end of the season for Sun Valley. The Sunnyside team, made up of 14/15-year-olds, finished the year with a 7-14 record.