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Lady Grizzlies fall to Wenatchee

The 3A Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team was no match for visiting 4A Wenatchee, as Sunnyside lost both ends of a doubleheader 18-0 and 13-0.

The Lady Grizzlies were no-hit in both shut-out losses, which both ended after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

In game one, Wenatchee spread out its attack, scoring at least two runs in each of the five innings.

The Lady Grizzlies committed four errors in the field in the game one loss. Meanwhile, at the plate a total of seven Sunnyside batters went down on strikes.

Despite the one-sided loss, Sunnyside Coach Ralph Mendoza said his pitchers showed better control of their pitches. Taking the mound in game one for Sunnyside were Marquisa Sustaita with Amber Cornwell wrapping up in relief.

In game two, Sunnyside lost 13-0, with Wenatchee smacking 13 hits and committing one error. Sunnyside had no hits and committed three errors.

Despite the lopsided score against the State-contending Wenatchee team, Mendoza said he was pleased to see Cornwell, who pitched all five innings, hold Wenatchee scoreless over the last two frames.

"We settled down towards the end," Mendoza said.

Despite going hitless, Sunnyside did smack the ball better in game two.

Johanna Chumley, for example, hit a sharp line drive up the middle in the fifth inning that deflected off the Wenatchee second baseman's glove. Chumley reached base on what was deemed an error. She was Sunnyside's only baserunner on the day, but she was doubled up when the next batter hit into a double play.

Maria Olivera and Ashley Church also hit the ball hard for Sunnyside, but came up empty-handed against Wenatchee's outstanding defensive play.

As for the Lady Grizzlies on defense, Mendoza praised the play of Rosa Garza at third base. "They hit the ball extremely hard to third base all day and she was able to knock the ball down. She stood her ground and made some good plays going to first."

At the conclusion of yesterday's pair of losses, Mendoza put things in perspective and noted his young team played against a 4A league title contender in Wenatchee.

"They're line-up is stacked from top to bottom," he said.

As for the Lady Grizzlies, Mendoza said his players need to keep their heads up. "We need to be aware of game situations and have a mental focus to stay tuned for seven innings," he said.

Sunnyside (0-5) returns to action this Friday when it hosts Kamiakin.

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