KENNEWICK - The 3A Sunnyside High School baseball team rallied, but fell just short in a 6-4 loss at 1A Riverview yesterday.
Sunnyside broke through on the scoreboard first Wednesday, opening the contest with a run without benefit of a hit. Nathan Cornelius drew a walk, stole second base and, after two more walks, scored on a passed ball.
The Panthers answered in their half of the first with three runs as Sunnyside starting pitcher Cameron Boboth struggled with control problems.
Riverview added on two more runs in the second to build its advantage to 5-1.
From there, though, Boboth and reliever Tristan Abbot kept Riverview largely at bay, surrendering just one more run over the final five innings.
Sunnyside, meanwhile, had all kinds of opportunities on offense, but couldn't connect in stranding 13 runners for the game.
The Grizzlies did push across a run in the fifth when Gibby Briones scored on a fielder's choice. Sunnyside plated its final two runs in the sixth, when Briones delivered a two-run single to bring home Nathan Cornelius and Justin Reyes.
In the seventh and final inning the Grizzlies had an opportunity to claw back into a tie or go ahead when two batters reached base. The rally was for naught, though, as Sunnyside couldn't bring the runners around.
"The good thing is we played fairly good defense and battled back in the later innings," said Grizzly Coach Terry Shines. Also on the plus side, Sunnyside had a batter achieve a multi-hit game, as Cornelius was 2-for-4 at the plate.
But there is still much work ahead before Sunnyside (1-1) opens league play this Friday at Kamiakin.
"We're not aggressive enough at the plate, we couldn't make good, hard contact. We were over aggressive on the base paths, running at the wrong time," Shines observed.