KLICKITAT - The Lady Knights are back on the winning track.
Sunnyside Christian's girls fastpitch softball team snapped a three-game losing streak by sweeping a league doubleheader from the Klickitat Vandals yesterday. The Lady Knights prevailed handily, winning 13-2 and 27-2.
"After playing so horribly against LaSalle this past Tuesday, we needed a couple of wins like this," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Sandy Harris.
Thursday's dominating wins on the Vandals' home field was due in part to some excellent play on the part of the Lady Knights. Sunnyside Christian banged out 17 hits on the day, and defensively only committed one error total in the twin bill. But, it didn't hurt the Lady Knights' cause any that Klickitat didn't field a team last year and is facing a rebuilding season this spring.
"Klickitat has a very young team," admitted Harris, explaining the Vandals gave her club 29 free passes yesterday via 23 walks and six hit batsmen. Klickitat also committed 14 errors combined in the two games.
"But Klickitat has a lot of potential," Harris added. "In a year or two they're going to be fine."
Sunnyside Christian and Klickitat are currently the only two schools that field softball teams in the Greater Columbia 1B League. The results of yesterday's two conference games, plus the outcome of the two contests that are scheduled for May 15 on the Lady Knights' home field, will be used to determine seeding into the District tournament.
"Both us and Klickitat will play at District," said Harris. "We'll join Thorp and Pateros there for a single-elimination tourney. Only the top team from District will get to go to State."
In yesterday's doubleheader several of the Lady Knights enjoyed particularly strong performances, but probably none more so than Ashley Haak.
The junior hurler pitched the opening game for Sunnyside Christian, scattering four hits while fanning five and walking only two. Haak also cracked a pair of singles in the Lady Knights' 10-run outburst in the top of the fourth inning, driving in three base runners in the process.
In Thursday's nightcap Haak added two more base hits, giving her four total on the day.
Also coming through for Sunnyside Christian yesterday were Naomi den Hoed with a pair of hits in each game, Abby Bangs with a 2-for-3 offensive performance in the opener and Joleen Van Wingerden with a 2-for-2 effort at the plate in the second game.
The Lady Knights (2-0, 7-3) are scheduled to host the Kittitas Coyotes next Tuesday. Sunnyside Christian will then be out of action for two weeks, until May 5 when the club travels for a rematch with the LaSalle Lightning.