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Haak sisters power SCHS Lady Knights to sweep of Naches

The Haak sisters, senior Ashley and sophomore Alyssa, went a combined 9-for-14 at the plate yesterday afternoon to spearhead Sunnyside Christian's 13-3 and 12-11 sweep of the Naches Valley Rangers.

Tuesday's doubleheader in Sunnyside was a non-league encounter between the 1B Lady Knights and 1A Rangers. The two victories boosted the Sunnyside Christian girls softball team's record to 3-0 on the young season.

The first game yesterday was shortened to six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. Naches Valley jumped on the Lady Knights with a three-run uprising in the top of the first, due mainly to Sydney Charvet's two-run home run blast. Lindsay Wright added a single for the Rangers in that frame, finishing the contest 2-for-3 at the plate.

After that, though, it was all Sunnyside Christian. The Lady Knights struck for a single tally in the bottom of the second, then socked the game away with four-run explosions in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Alyssa Haak, the sophomore, was the offensive catalyst for the Lady Knights in the opener. She went 3-for-4, which included socking a two-run homer in the fifth frame and lashing an RBI double in the sixth. She also crossed the plate three times in the game.

Older sister Ashley added a 2-for-4 offensive performance in the shortened first game. Like her sister, she scored three times and had a run-scoring triple in the fourth inning to her credit.

Janelle DeGroot also had a big hit for the winners in the opening contest, poking a two-run single through the Naches Valley defense in the bottom of the fifth.

The older of the Haak sisters went the distance on the pitching rubber for the Lady Knights in the opener. She scattered five hits while fanning four and walking only one.

Her Naches Valley counterpart, hurler Kaitlin Heidi, also pitched the entire first game. Heidi was touched for nine hits and yielded three walks while striking out five Sunnyside Christian batters. Heidi's teammates committed five errors behind her in the first game.

Game two yesterday was shortened to five innings because of impending darkness. The slugfest included a total of 19 hits, 10 by the winning Lady Knights.

Kristin Stanley pitched all the way for the Rangers. Besides the 10 hits she gave up, she issued six free passes via base-on-balls. To her credit, though, she fanned eight Lady Knight batters.

SCHS Coach Sandy Harris used a trio of pitchers in the nightcap. She started freshman Makayla Morrow on the pitching rubber, who experienced a few control issues. In the three innings she pitched, Morrow gave up seven of the nine hits Naches Valley had in the game. Morrow also walked two batters, but did record three strikeouts while allowing seven runs.

DeGroot pitched the fourth inning for Sunnyside Christian, but was touched for four runs on two hits and a walk.

The older of the two Haaks, Ashley, pitched the fifth and final inning, holding the Rangers scoreless to preserve her team's 12-11 victory. She earned the win to up her season pitching record to 3-0.

Offensively in game two for the Lady Knights, the Haak sisters and Morrow each banged out a pair of hits. Each of the Haaks drove in two runs in the game, and the younger of the two crossed the plate three times. Also for the winners in the twin bill finale, Katie Long slapped a two-run double in the bottom of the second and drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth frame.

Defensively, said Harris, the younger Haak sister turned in a great performance at shortstop in both games.

Hitting-wise, Harris said she was more than pleased with the 19 hits her club came through with yesterday.

"We've been working on our hitting more this season than in years past," she said.

Sunnyside Christian doesn't return to the diamond until Thursday, April 8, when the Lady Knights host the Kittitas Coyotes for a single non-league game.

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