KLICKITAT - Give up 24 walks in a doubleheader, you can't expect a positive outcome. Especially when you throw in a total of 15 errors and numerous passed balls.
Such was the case for the host Klickitat Vandals yesterday afternoon. Issuing 12 free passes in each of the two Greater Columbia 1B League games Thursday afternoon, the Vandals fell to the visiting Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights, 14-0 and 11-1.
Both contests were limited to five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The two victories keep Sunnyside Christian unbeaten in conference play at 6-0. Overall on the season, the Lady Knights are 12-2.
Hitting-wise, Sunnyside Christian managed just three base knocks in each game.
In the opening contest, the DeGroot sisters provided the firepower at the plate. The younger of the siblings, Danica, went 2-for-4 enroute to driving in three runs. Older sister Janelle was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
"We had trouble hitting their pitcher, Curtis," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris. "She throws a little on the slow side. We were out in front on a lot of the pitches, which caused us to flare up some soft pop-ups and weak grounders."
Sunnyside Christian's starting pitcher, Makayla Morrow, also made hitting the ball a bit difficult for Klickitat. But it wasn't because she was lobbing in tosses to the dish that looked like beach balls when they reached the batters. Rather, the Vandal hitters had trouble catching up with her pitches. The end result for Morrow was a complete game one-hitter with five stikeouts and only two walks.
Morrow and the older of the DeGroot sisters in relief combined to limit Klickitat to four hits in the nightcap. Together, they fanned four Vandals and walked only one.
The three hits Sunnyside Christian came up with in game two were collected by the older DeGroot, who singled in the fourth; Analisa VanOostrum, who lashed a two-run single in the fifth; and Devi Knotts, who socked a bases empty triple in the top of the first and later drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth.
The Lady Knights continue league play with a doubleheader at Lyle next Tuesday, April 26.