Lady Grizzlies victorious twice in jamboree games

WAPATO - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team won both games of a jamboree held this past Saturday in Wapato.

Sunnyside won the first three-inning contest against Davis by a score of 21-3. The Lady Grizzlies did most of their damage in the second inning by plating 14 runs.

Sunnyside Coach Ralph Mendoza said the lack of speed and control was an issue for the Davis pitcher, but he praised his team's ability to wait at the plate for just the right pitch to hit.

"We were patient, we waited on the ball and made good contact," he said. "It was good to see that from the girls." The Lady Grizzlies not only swung a hot bat with 12 hits in just three innings, but also coaxed several walks off the Pirate hurler.

In the second inning outburst, the Lady Grizzlies worked four walks from the Pirate pitcher and Ruby Herrera smacked a three-run double to lead the way. Davis fielders committed three errors in a row after that and Sarisa Partida made the Pirates pay with a three-run triple.

Lady Grizzly pitcher Alexis Salcedo held Davis without a hit. The only Pirate offense came on walks and a Sunnyside error.

Partida and Herrera combined to go 6-for-6 against Davis with 10 RBI.

Sunnyside made it a sweep on Saturday in the jamboree, by outlasting host Wapato 5-1.

The Lady Grizzlies found it a bit tougher going at the plate against the Wolves, mustering just three hits.

"The Wapato pitcher was throwing quite faster," Mendoza said. "The timing just wasn't there. We were making a lot of contact, but right at other players."

Even so, the Grizzlies put the game on ice again in the second inning with a three-run outburst.

The decisive two-out rally started with a walk, two Wapato errors and a long single to right field by Destiny Contreras that brought home two run.

Salcedo kept Wapato at bay just enough, giving up just one hit and a run in the first inning.

Kassie Luther was 1-for-2 at the plate in game two, capping a day in which she was 3-for-6 with two RBI.

The two wins last Saturday won't count on Sunnyside's official season record since they were only three innings each.

The 3A Lady Grizzlies' first chance to play an official game comes this Thursday at 2A Grandview in a non-league contest with the Lower Valley rival.

Mendoza can't wait to see what his team will do in a full seven-inning game.

"We're such a young team with only one senior (Luther)," said Mendoza. "We got some jitters out of the way. There are some good things to look forward to this season."


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