WENATCHEE - The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly baseball team struggled yesterday, Tuesday, in a pair of losses at 4A Wenatchee.
Both games were shortened to five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
In game one, the Grizzlies lost 22-1, as Wenatchee rolled to an early 6-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. The host team put an exclamation mark on the victory with a nine-run rally in the fifth and final inning.
The lone bright spot for Sunnyside in the opener was a run scored in the third inning. Angel Aguilar got the rally started for the Grizzlies with a base hit, and Andre Sarmiento slapped a double to drive him home.
Joel Ortega started the game for Sunnyside at pitcher before giving way to relievers Miguel Mendez and Ricky Palomarez.
In the nightcap, Sunnyside lost by a much closer score of 11-0. Wenatchee only led 6-0 through the first four innings, though, before wrapping up the contest with a five-run outburst in the home half of the fifth inning.
Jerry Carrillo and Julian Rivera shared pitching duties for Sunnyside in game two.
Sunnyside managed two hits in the shut-out loss, both of them off the bat of Mason Kupp.
The Grizzlies had opportunities to break up the shut-out in game two as both Jeremy Rodriguez and Sergio Ramirez worked their way into scoring position after Wenatchee fielding miscues put them on base.
Both were left stranded as Sunnyside fell to 0-6 on the season.
"Our pitching is getting better," said Coach Terry Shines. "We're not walking as many batters."
The coach also said his outfield continues to show progress.
Sunnyside returns to action this Friday at Kamiakin.