The way the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team was booting the ball around yesterday, it wouldn't have mattered if Kittitas pitcher Dallas Maupin had yielded a dozen hits to the Lady Knights. As it turned out, Maupin fired a no-hitter to lead the Coyotes to a dominating 9-0 victory.
Tuesday's non-league win completes a season sweep for Kittitas over the Lady Knights, as the Coyotes prevailed by a 5-4 score over Sunnyside Christian two weeks ago. Yesterday's shutout also keeps intact the undefeated record the 2B Coyotes have managed thus far this season.
For 1B Sunnyside Christian, yesterday's 9-0 pasting dropped the Lady Knights' overall mark on the year to 7-4.
The two clubs went tit-for-tat yesterday afternoon through the first three innings, holding each other scoreless. But in the top of the fourth, Kittitas exposed a Sunnyside Christian flaw by dropping down a pair of bunts that the Lady Knights didn't come close to fielding. Coupled with several wild pitches from the hard-throwing Ashley Haak, one or two of which might have been blocked a bit better by catcher Joleen Van Wingerden, the Coyotes were gifted a pair of runs.
More sloppy play in the top of the fourth resulted in two more Kittitas runs and a 4-0 Coyote lead.
"Errors and catching killed us," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Sandy Harris, noting her club committed five miscues yesterday.
"We definitely didn't play our best," she added.
It didn't help matters any for the Lady Knights that Maupin was on top of her game. The Coyote hurler twirled a gem, allowing neither a hit or a walk while fanning six.
"She was firing them in there," Harris said of Maupin's no-hit performance. "We got the bat on the ball quite a few times, but we were hitting it right at people.
"No question, Dallas was throwing better than the first time we saw her," Harris said.
The Lady Knights tallied three base runners total for the game, thanks to the three errors the Coyotes committed. No Sunnyside Christian batter advanced past second, though.
Kittitas ended any hopes the Lady Knights might have had for a last-second comeback by pushing across five runs in the top of the last inning. The Coyotes came through with three of their five base hits that frame while taking advantage of Sunnyside Christian's final two errors of the game.
Cheyenne Paul was the lone player to have a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-2 for Kittitas with two walks and an RBI.
Haak pitched the first four innings for the Lady Knights, giving up two hits, three walks and striking out six. Southpaw hurler Hilari Bosma replaced Haak in the fifth frame, allowing three more hits the rest of the way.
Sunnyside Christian doesn't play again until Tuesday, May 5, when the team will travel to LaSalle for a doubleheader.