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Lady Knights zap Lightning twice

UNION GAP - Pounding out 20 hits yesterday afternoon, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team swept a non-league doubleheader from the LaSalle Lightning, 10-9 and 7-4.

The two victories improved the Lady Knights' overall record on the season to 14-2.

In winning Tuesday's opener by a single run, Sunnyside Christian rallied from a 6-3 deficit with a four-run uprising in the top of the fifth. Emma Newhouse started the rally by doubling her way aboard. Following a walk drawn by Hilari Bosma, Naomi den Hoed lashed a two-run double. She ended up scoring on the play when the LaSalle right fielder made a throwing error. Julie Long then followed with a single, capping the four-run rally by crossing the plate on an RBI triple off the bat of Melanie Van Wingerden.

The Lady Knights added a single run in the top of the sixth and plated two more scores in the seventh, then hung on as the Lightning punched across three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 10-9 game.

LaSalle countered the Lady Knights' three first inning scores by plating five runs of its own in the home half of the first. The Lightning sent 11 batters to the plate in the opening inning, coming up with five hits and taking advantage of three walks issued by the southpaw hurler Bosma.

"Hilari struggled early on," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Sandy Harris, noting that Bosma ended up issuing 10 walks in the first game. "The second inning she looked a little better, after that she settled down and did a pretty good job."

Offensively in game one, Bosma, Newhouse, Long and Van Wingerden each had two hits for the winners.

Lauren Nichols turned in a 2-for-2 effort at the plate in the opener for LaSalle. She also drew three walks.

In game two, LaSalle again had a big first inning, plating three runs. Nichols slammed a two-run double following a pair of walks issued by Sunnyside Christian pitcher Ashley Haak, and came round to score the third run on a passed ball.

The Lady Knights chipped away at the 3-0 deficit with single runs in both the second and third innings, then opened the game up with a four-run burst in the top of the fourth. Sunnyside Christian got five singles that frame from Emma Newhouse, den Hoed, Haak, Van Wingerden and Kelly Newhouse.

For the game, both Emma Newhouse and Van Wingerden came through with a pair of hits for the Lady Knights. Nichols again was the offensive leader for LaSalle, collecting three RBI and two doubles on a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.

The same two clubs will play again next Tuesday, May 6, back on LaSalle's home field in Union Gap. Those two games will be league affairs, however.

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