MOSES LAKE - The host Moses Lake Chiefs struck early and often as the Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team lost 17-0 and 10-0 yesterday, Tuesday.
In game one, Moses Lake spread out its run production and scored in every inning against Sunnyside pitchers Buddha Palomarez, Travis Jones and Jonathan Paxton. The Chiefs' biggest inning came in the third when they tallied five runs.
Sunnyside had a few chances to crack the scoreboard.
In the first inning, the Grizzlies' Hector Mendez reached second base via an error but was stranded. In the second frame, Chance Graff smacked Sunnyside's only hit of the game, a double, but was left on base.
In game two, Moses Lake scored all of the offense it would need by plating four runners in the second inning.
The Chiefs collected 12 hits for the contest against Sunnyside pitchers Tristan Abbott and Jaime Sarmiento.
The Grizzlies found a little more pop at the plate in game two, collecting five hits.
Sunnyside's biggest scoring threat came in the third inning when Hector Mendez and Jacob Salcedo delivered back-to-back singles.
Graff also collected a base hit in game two and teammate Julian Rivera connected for two hits in the nightcap.
Sunnyside Coach Terry Shines said the Grizzlies struggled defensively yesterday, committing one error in the first game and six errors in the second game.
Shines said Sunnyside surrendered 10 unearned runs in the two games combined.
"Our pitchers keep a lot of good teams at bay for awhile, but we have to make the routine play (on defense), we have to anticipate those plays."
The defensive struggles are due primarily to Sunnyside's inexperience, said Shines, as only three Grizzlies have prior varsity experience.
Sunnyside (0-19) has to keep its head up, the coach said, with a loser-out playoff game this Saturday against Hanford.
The game will be played at West Valley High School at 11 a.m., and the winner will face the host Rams for the chance to advance in Regional competition.
The Grizzlies have a chance to practice their fielding and situational plays this Friday when they host an alumni game at 5:30 p.m. The contest will serve as Sunnyside's senior game.