Sunnyside's Sun Valley baseball team had a rough weekend, dropping three games to fall below .500 at 5-8 overall.
Last Saturday, Sun Valley ran into a tough Pasco's Perfection Tire team, losing 7-1.
Sun Valley used two pitchers in the game. Starter Jaime Sarmiento pitched three innings, striking out one, walking three batters, giving up six hits and allowing four earned runs. Lane Pickel was Sun Valley's relief pitcher, coming into the ballgame and pitching three innings, walking one batter, giving up three hits and allowing two earned runs.
Sun Valley's lone run came in the first inning when Pickel singled, scoring Matt Bermudez after he had gotten on base with a walk. Sun Valley allowed one run apiece in the first two innings but a three-run burst by Perfection Tire in the fourth inning ended any hope of a Sunnyside comeback.
Pickel went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Sun Valley teammates Alex Aguilar and Roger Perales hit 1-for-3 as well.
"We didn't play too badly," Sun Valley Coach Tom Schmick said. "In the fourth inning we had too many walks, which allowed runs to score."
On Sunday, Sun Valley traveled to Yakima to play a doubleheader against East Valley. Again the bats would fail Sunnyside in the first game, as they lost 9-1.
Bermudez started on the mound for Sunnyside for the first time this year. He lasted two innings, striking out one, walking three batters, allowing four hits and giving up three earned runs. Travis Jones then came on in relief, going four innings, striking out four batters, walking three, giving up five earned runs.
Sun Valley's only run came in the second inning when Sarmiento singled to score Alex Aguilar.
Jones went 1-for-3 with a triple, Sarmiento was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Perales hit 1-for-2.
In Sunday's nightcap, Sun Valley played better but still came up short, 8-4.
Justin Reyes pitched the entire game for Sunnyside, going six innings, striking out four, walking four and allowing six earned runs.
Sun Valley scored all four of its runs in the third inning. They did manage to increase their hit production, garnering 10 of them.
Jones was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Pickel was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Aguilar hit 2-for-3, Jaime Sarmiento was 1-for-3, Andre Sarmiento was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Perales was 2-for-3 with a double.
Schmick said his team was short of players and hopes to have them back this week.
Sunnyside will travel to play the Pasco Police team today (Monday) at 5:30 p.m.