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Sun Valley picks up third straight victory

After spotting Meyer's Auto Tech of Richland three runs, the 14/15-year-old Sun Valley baseball team from Sunnyside scored seven runs in the last five innings to pull out an 8-7 win over the visitors Monday afternoon.

"They're coming together," Sun Valley Coach Tom Schmick declared. "There are still some things we need to improve on, namely base running."

For the local youngsters, yesterday's win was the their third in a row and fifth victory in the last six games.

Jasper Rubalcava went 2-for-2 and more importantly knocked in three RBIs to help Sun Valley (5-4) edge Meyer's Auto Tech.

Travis Jones started on the mound for the Sunnyside team, pitching five innings while striking out three and walking two.

After Richland jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Rubalcava stepped to the plate with two outs and one runner on base and calmly smacked a double, scoring a run and tying the score.

Richland was able to get two more runs in the top of the second and held a 3-1 lead until the bottom of the third.

After the Richland pitcher walked a Sun Valley player, he then hit Jones, which put runners on first and second with no outs. Sun Valley's Andre Sarmiento then singled, driving in Joel Leos to cut Richland's lead to just one.

Jones pitched the next two innings and Meyer's Auto Tech managed to add two more runs to its lead to go up 5-2 to start the bottom of the fifth inning.

After a Sun Valley fly out, Jones was walked and then Sarmiento singled. After a Justin Reyes groundout, Rubalcava came up and tripled, knocking home two runs. Lane Pickel then singled, which scored Rubalcava and the score was tied at 5.

Reyes came in to pitch the final two innings but ended up allowing two runs to score in the top of the sixth and Richland was up 7-5.

Sun Valley tied it up in the bottom of the sixth. Jonathan Paxton walked, and after a Frankie Ochoa groundout, Luis Valles was also walked. Each of them were able to score on passed balls to tie the score at 7.

Reyes held Meyer's Auto Tech scoreless in the top of the seventh and then came through with some heroics in the bottom of the inning.

After Mario Sanchez grounded out for Sun Valley, Reyes was able to get on base due to a Richland error. He then stole second on a passed ball. The Richland catcher tried to throw Reyes out but the ball got loose from the shortstop's hands. Reyes then moved to third and on the throw that was mishandled by the third baseman Reyes was able to make it to home plate and pick up the win.

Sarmiento went 2-for-3 for the winners with an RBI. Jones hit 1-for-2 with an RBI. Reyes was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Pickel was 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Frankie Ochoa went 1-for-2.

"I told the kids it was a good comeback victory," Schmick said. "When we have the opportunity to score runs it seems to happen."

Sun Valley will host Pasco's All-Star Automotive this Wednesday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m.

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