RICHLAND- After suffering three straight losses to start the season, Sunnyside's Sun Valley baseball team exploded for 16 hits and 13 runs Wednesday night to beat Richland's Milestones 13-12 and pick up its first victory of the season.
With two outs and runners on first and second base in the final inning, Jaime Sarmiento doubled to drive in two runs to take the lead back after a see-saw game that had four lead changes in it.
Travis Jones (1-0) then pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh, getting two K's and picking up the win.
Things didn't start very well for Sun Valley. The starting pitcher for the Sunnyside team walked the first three Richland batters, gave up a hit and then walked another. After Sun Valley had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Sunnyside team found themselves down 5-1 when the inning was over.
Enter Lane Pickel, who pitched two hitless innings for Sun Valley, striking out one and walking one batter.
Sun Valley picked up two runs in the second and four in the third, thanks to a Frankie Ochoa two-run single and a Luis Valles two-run single. Sun Valley regained the lead in the top of the third but gave it up again after Milestones broke out for six runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Sun Valley trailed 12-10 heading into the final inning of play.
"I had confidence," Sun Valley Coach Tom Schmick said. "We had been hitting the ball well and I thought we could get at least two runs to tie it up and send it to extra innings."
Matt Bermudez singled to start the top of the seventh and he was followed by Andres Sarmiento's single. After an out, Jones doubled and drove home Bermudez to pull Sun Valley within one run. After Justin Reyes was walked, Sarmiento hit his double to give Sun Valley the lead for good.
Burmudez and Andres Sarmiento were both 2-for-2. Reyes and Pickel were 2-for-3 and Alex Aguilar went 2-for-4. Joel Leos was 1-for-2 as was Valles, who also added two RBIs. Jonathan Paxton was 1-for-2 and scored three times for Sun Valley. Jaime Sarmiento hit 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Jones was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Ochoa was 1-for-1.
"It's good to get the monkey off our backs," Schmick said. "The kids played well and came through for us."
Sun Valley (1-3), comprised of 14- and 15-year-olds, will have tonight off and then host Pasco's Perfection Tire Friday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m., at Sunnyside High School. The team will then travel to Richland on Saturday, June 2, to take on Motoring Services at 11:30 a.m.