WALLA WALLA - Freshman sensation Ashley Lyons no-hit the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team yesterday, in the process bringing an end to the Lady Knights' 13-game win streak.
Lyons, as an eighth grader last year, led the DeSales Irish to a third-place finish at the 2B State tourney.
After dropping yesterday's opening game of the non-league twin bill to the Walla Walla club, Sunnyside Christian rebounded to spank the Irish in game two, 13-2. In that contest, shortened to five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule, sophomore hurler Makayla Morrow and senior pitcher Janelle DeGroot combined to limit DeSales to just two hits.
The nightcap was a nip-and-tuck affair through the first four innings, with the Lady Knights clinging to a one-run lead. In the top half of the fifth, though, Sunnyside Christian exploded for 10 unanswered runs to sock the game away.
The Lady Knights' big rally included a monstrous, three-run, inside-the-park homer that was swatted deep to left-center field by Morrow. Also coming through with a pair of timely hits that frame was Emily Bangs, who singled and lashed an RBI double. Other key hits in the top of the fifth came from Analisa VanOostrum, a two-run single; and from Danika DeGroot, a single-base knock. Jenna den Hoed, too, drove in a pair of runs in the fifth on a fielder's choice. The Lady Knights also took advantage of three walks and two DeSales errors in the fifth.
The Irish went with a different pitcher in game two, Lesko, who yielded eight hits total and walked the same number of batters. It didn't help Lesko's cause any that her teammates committed five errors behind her.
Oddly, despite the no-hitter that the ninth grader Lyons twirled against Sunnyside Christian in Tuesday's opener, which included setting 19 batters down on strikes, the Lady Knights only fell by a 5-4 score.
Sunnyside Christian put up two-spots in both the fifth and sixth innings, "...and we left runners on base both of those innings, as well as in the seventh," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris. "We had our chances."
In the top of the fifth, the Lady Knights plated their first two runs of the game via a hit batter, two walks and a passed ball. In the sixth, Sunnyside Christian manufactured two more runs on a pair of DeSales errors, two walks, a passed ball and an RBI sac fly off the bat of Morrow.
The Lady Knights (15-3) will play a single game at Kittitas this coming Thursday, then will host Zillah next Monday, May 16, before opening 1B Regional tourney play at home against Klickitat on Wednesday, May 18.