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Sunnyside scores early and often in win over Riverhawks

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Sunnyside's Julian Rivera slides into third base during the third inning yesterday. The Chiawana third basemen muffed the ball and Rivera went on to score on the fielding error.

The Sunnyside High School baseball team erupted for four runs in the first inning and then scattered five more runs across the next five innings as the Grizzlies beat the Chiawana Riverhawks 9-4 in a non-league match-up yesterday (Tuesday).

The Grizzly bats have been silent of late but that drought ended yesterday as Sunnyside pounded out seven hits.

Jaime Sarmiento picked up the win for Sunnyside. He went seven innings on the pitching mound, giving up nine hits, two walks and striking out seven batters. All four runs were charged to Sarmiento.

The Riverhawks went through four pitchers before all was over. Luke Burgess pitched the first inning.

Sunnyside got to Burgess early in the first when Justin Reyes singled and then stole second base. Burgess then walked Lane Pickel and allowed a single by Julian Rivera. Sarmiento then doubled, bringing home two runs and Sunnyside was up 2-0. Travis Jones doubled later in the inning that scored two more runs.

The Grizzlies added two more runs in the third for a 6-0 lead before Chiawana was able to get a bead on Sarmiento's pitching in the top of the fourth.

Lou Graff doubled for the Riverhawks with one out and then Garrett Wess brought him home with another double. Sarmiento then settled down and struck out the next two batters to retire the side.

Sunnyside added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Pickel hit a line-drive down the left field line for a single and then Rivera smacked a pitch over the fence at left center-field for a two-run homer.

"There was a big difference in our hitting today," Sunnyside Coach Terry Shines said. "We've been working on hitting and our technique. We got them swinging the bat."

More impressive, Shines said, was the Grizzly hitters only struck out twice in the game.

Reyes was 1-for-3. Rivera hit 2-for-3 with three RBIs, a home run and two runs scored. Sarmiento was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Jones was 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Andre Sarmiento and Chance Graff each went 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Shines said he was happy to get the win.

"The way we hit the ball was especially nice," he said.

Sunnyside (0-2, 2-4) will look for its next win when the Grizzlies host West Valley on Tuesday, April 6, for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.

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