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Lady Grizzlies' season comes to an end

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Sunnyside's Maria Olivera hustles in from deep left field to nearly snag a shallow flyball just over second base during Friday's season-ending losses to West Valley. Olivera, a senior, was 3-for-5 at the plate in the two games combined.

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team closed out its 2011 season with a pair of losses this past Friday to visiting West Valley.

In the opener, Sunnyside lost 12-1 in seven innings. The Rams gradually pulled away in game one after the Lady Grizzlies plated a run in the home half of the first inning.

Maria Olivera accounted for the lone run when she singled, stole second and later came around to score on a passed ball. Olivera was 2-for-2 in game one.

Marquisa Sustaita pitched game one for Sunnyside.

In the nightcap, West Valley wasted no time in deciding the outcome with a 10-run outburst in the first inning. The Rams went on to prevail 16-1 in five innings.

Sunnyside's run came with two outs in the third inning. Amber Cornwell started the rally with a single, followed by a base hit by Olivera. That brought Rosa Garza to the plate, who delivered a clutch, RBI single.

Garza and Cornwell shared pitching duties for Sunnyside in game two.

Olivera, a senior, went 3-for-5 at the plate in both games combined to raise her season batting average above .500.

The losses ended Sunnyside's season at 0-20. Despite missing the win column, Coach Ralph Mendoza said his team showed progress.

"The girls came a long way, they started understanding the game and communicating with each other," Mendoza said. "There was a lot of progress and growth. That's the positive we'll take from this season."

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