Wednesday, April 20, 2011
PASCO - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team showed a bit more pop at the plate, but it wasn't enough in 12-4 and 14-4 losses at Pasco yesterday, Tuesday.
Sunnyside did its damage early in the game, scoring a run without a hit in the first inning. It started when Shawna Santini was hit by a pitch and reached base. She then went to second on a wild pitch, to third on a fielder's choice, then came home on another fielder's choice.
After Pasco answered for two runs in the home half of the first, Sunnyside answered again, plating three runs. The rally was keyed by Maria Olivera's two-run double.
The Bulldogs then gained control for good in the bottom of the second frame with a six-run outburst.
Hurlers Rosa Garza and Marquisa Sustaita combined to hold Pasco to five hits, but the Sunnyside defense committed five fielding errors.
In game two, Sunnyside rallied from two runs down to temporarily take the lead with a four-run outburst in the top of the fourth inning.
Garza accounted for three of Sunnyside's runs with a three-run home run. It was one of two hits she had for the game.
Amber Cornwell scored Sunnyside's other run by singling, then moving around the bases to score on an error, steal and a fielder's choice.
Pasco took control for good in the bottom of the fourth with a nine-run rally to put the contest away.
Sustaita, Cornwell and Garza shared pitching duties in game two for Sunnyside.
"We looked better, we played better defense in the second game," said Coach Ralph Mendoza. "But that fourth inning really killed us."
The coach added, "Overall I was pleased with the effort the girls put together against Pasco."
Sunnyside (0-12) returns to action this Friday when it travels to Kennewick.