RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Sun Valley baseball team started yesterday's game against Richland's Harrington's Trophies in good fashion but eventually fell by a 10-3 score.
Sun Valley jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Justin Reyes scored. Reyes had stolen second base after being walked and scored on a Lane Pickel double.
Jaime Sarmiento started on the mound for Sun Valley. He lasted one and one-third innings, giving up five earned runs while recording two strikeouts and allowing one batter a free pass. Sarmiento was responsible for Richland's three runs in the first and two of Harrington's Trophies five runs in the second.
Alex Aguilar relieved Sarmiento in the second inning and pitched the rest of the game, striking out two, allowing no walks but giving up four earned runs.
Down 8-1 to start the third inning, Sun Valley mounted a small comeback. Aguilar led off with a double and then the Richland pitcher walked Sunnyside's Roger Perales. That's when Sarmiento hit a very long single that allowed both Aguilar and Perales to score.
Richland was able to score two more in the bottom of the third but after that they were shut down.
"Alex did a good job," Sun Valley Coach Tom Schmick said. "This was only the second time pitching this year. Once he settled down it was three up and three down. He only faced nine batters in innings four, five and six."
Schmick gave credit to his defense, saying once Aguilar stopped trying to strike out batters and let him teammates field the ball, things went quite well.
Unfortunately, the Sun Valley bats went silent after the third inning, recording only three hits in the last three innings.
Sarmiento went 2-for-4 on the day with two RBIs. Aguilar hit 2-for-4, Pickel was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Andre Sarmiento hit 1-for-2 and Reyes and Matt Bermudez were each 1-for-3.
The loss drops Sun Valley's record to 6-9 on the season. Sunnyside will have four days off before hosting Richland's Milestones next Monday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m.