The Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team turned the tables on the LaSalle Lightning yesterday afternoon.
Avenging a pair of one-run Greater Columbia 'B' League losses back on March 30 to LaSalle, the Lady Knights zapped the Lightning, 11-1, yesterday.
Tuesday's victory over the visiting Lightning, coming in both teams' final conference game of the season, prevented league champion LaSalle (8-1) from finishing with an undefeated record. Sunnyside Christian ended up posting the second best league record at 6-2.
"The girls really got pumped for this one, after the way the last one against LaSalle ended," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris.
The Lady Knights were so dominating yesterday that the game was called after just five innings, due to the 10-run mercy rule. Harris said her club excelled in all facets of the game.
"We committed an error in the first inning, but we didn't let it bother us," she said. "After that we went out and played great defense.
"Behind the plate at catcher, Melanie (Van Wingerden) played absolutely her best game of the season.
"Pitching-wise, Tori (Van Wingerden) was right on the mark. She didn't give up a single walk.
"And our hitters, they really came through.
"It was just a total team effort...one of the best games we've played all season. Our girls were hungry for this one," Harris said.
"I think everyone on the team now realizes how we're capable of playing," Harris added.
Any suspense as to the outcome of yesterday's game went by the wayside when the Lady Knights, holding a 4-1 lead, punched five runs across the plate in the bottom of the fourth.
Naomi den Hoed, Hillary Bosma and Brittany den Hoed all had singles in the fourth. Abby Bangs drew a walk that frame, as well, to help key the explosion.
The game was called in the bottom of the fifth when senior Jacqui Roberts lashed a two-run single, which put the Lady Knights up by 10 runs. Roberts finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate with a team high three RBI.
Brittany den Hoed added a 3-for-3 offensive performance, which included driving in the first run of the game for the Lady Knights with a first inning double. The Sunnyside Christian senior ended up scoring on the same play when the charging LaSalle outfielder over-ran the ball and let it get by her.
Jamie Sveen knocked in a run with a single in the bottom of the third to give the Lady Knights a 4-1 lead. An inning later, Sunnyside Christian exploded for the five-run outburst to all but put the game away.
LaSalle scored its only run of the game in the top of the first, on an RBI single off the bat of Lauren Nichols.
In preparing for the May 19 1B District tournament in Wenatchee, the Lady Knights (6-2, 12-6) will get a tune-up this coming Saturday at DeSales in Walla Walla.
"DeSales has already qualified for this year's 2B State tournament," said Harris. "They should be a good test for us."
The postseason District tourney in Wenatchee the following Saturday will be a single-elimination affair. Sunnyside Christian will open against Thorp. The winner of that game will advance to play an as of yet undetermined foe for the berth to State.
LaSalle 1 0 0 0 0 -1 5 7
S'side Christian 2 1 1 5 2 -11 9 2
Gonzalez, Anderton (4) and Ziegler. T. Van Wingerden and M. Van Wingerden. LaSalle: L. Nichols RBI 1B. S'side Christian: B. den Hoed 3/3, RBI 2B; Roberts 2/4, 3 RBI; Bosma 2/2, 1 RBI.