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Newhouse leads Lady Knights to first victories of the season

Five hits on the day by senior Emma Newhouse, four of them for extra bases, propelled the Sunnyside Christian girls fastpitch softball team to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Morton.

Saturday's 14-9 and 15-0 non-league victories by the Lady Knights (0-0, 2-1) were their first wins of the season.

Newhouse blasted two doubles and a two-run homer in last Saturday's opener. The Lady Knights also got a pair of hits from both sophomore Hilari Bosma and junior Abby Bangs in their 14-9 win.

Bosma went the distance atop the pitching rubber in the first game, scattering nine hits while fanning nine Morton batters.

Morton had two players with multi-hit efforts in the opener-Shantelle Coleman and Raona Johnson, each of whom went 2-for-4.

Saturday's twin bill finale was called in the bottom of the fourth, after Sunnyside Christian erupted for 12 runs to take a 15-0 lead. The Lady Knights took advantage of seven hits, three walks, three Morton errors and two dropped balls on third strikes to push across 12 runs in the fourth.

Coming through with the seven hits in the bottom of the fourth were Newhouse and Ashley Haak, each of whom had two hits, and Bosma with a triple, Julie Long with a single and Melanie Van Wingerden with a two-run single.

Haak twirled a no-hitter against Morton in the shortened four-inning game, striking out five along the way.

"Saturday's wins were a good confidence builder for our team," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris.

The Lady Knights were scheduled to open league play against Lyle this coming Saturday, March 22, but that twin bill has been cancelled because Lyle doesn't have enough girls to field a team this spring. Sunnyside Christian is hoping to find another opponent to fill the March 22 open date.

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