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Mistakes cost Grizzlies as West Valley sweeps non-league doubleheader

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Sunnyside's Jaime Sarmiento tosses a pitch during the fifth inning in game one yesterday (Tuesday). Sarmiento went six innings in a 10-2 loss to the West Valley Rams.

Defensive errors cost the Sunnyside High School baseball team yesterday (Tuesday) as the West Valley Rams took two from the Grizzlies, 10-2 and 21-5 in non-league CBBN play.

"Balls were dropping in front of us and we couldn't make plays," Sunnyside Coach Terry Shines said. "We gave them extra outs."

West Valley drew first blood, scoring four runs in the top of the second inning. Sunnyside's Jaime Sarmiento pitched six innings, giving up nine hits, four walks and striking out two batters.

In the second inning the Rams got five hits off Sarmiento.

The Grizzlies came back for two runs in the bottom of the inning. Travis Jones singled and then stole second base. Bernald Rodriguez then singled, bringing home Jones for a run. Trey Serl singled to bring home Rodriguez.

The Rams picked up two more runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth before putting the game away with three runs in the seventh.

Sarmiento gave up two hits to start the seventh inning, which caused Shines to bring in Lane Pickel in relief. Konnor Wyckoff then smacked a three-run homer off of Pickel to seal the Grizzlies' fate.

Sunnyside left 10 runners on the bases in the game, West Valley had nine left on. Still, Shines was happy with his team's offensive output. The Grizzlies struck out 12 times but still managed to get seven hits.

Julian Rivera led the Grizzlies with two hits, including a double. Justin Reyes, Luis Valles, Rodriguez and Serl all went 1-for-4. Pickel was 1-for-3.

The second game got away from Sunnyside fairly quickly. Reyes started the game atop the hill for the Grizzlies, going four innings, but giving up 12 hits and three walks. Reyes also had two strikeouts.

The Rams got three runs right away in the first inning, but Sunnyside came back for four runs in the bottom half to take a one-run lead.

Leo Cuellar singled, Reyes walked and Julian Rivera got to base after a dropped strike three. That set the stage for Jones, who hit a grand slam for four RBIs.

Things went downhill after that for Sunnyside. West Valley put up six runs in the third, three runs in the fourth and nine runs in the fifth to take a 21-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.

Rivera scored a run in the inning. He doubled to lead things off then moved to third on a passed ball. Chance Graff then hit a sacrifice fly to bring Rivera home.

Jones was 1-for-2 with the homer and four RBIs. Valles and Rivera were both 2-for-3. Reyes was 1-for-2 and Cuellar was 1-for-3 in the game.

Shines said his team made the same mistakes they did in the opening game.

"We didn't' make the plays," he said. "We keep the ball in the infield but can't get the ball to first base. We were still giving them extra outs.

"We got to get them to anticipate," he added. "We need to get back to the fundamentals."

Sunnyside (0-2, 2-6) will next play in an alumni game on Saturday, April 10, at 11 a.m.

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