PASCO - Of all the hits Sunnyside Christian's batters sprayed across the diamond in the opening game of yesterday's twin bill against the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars - and there were plenty - none was probably bigger than Brant Bosma's run producing single in the top of the seventh.
Turns out, said Sunnyside Christian Coach Tyler Alseth, his Knights needed that single-base rap in a game that featured 27 hits in all.
"Brant's single ended up giving us the insurance we needed with the three runs Tri-Cities Prep scored in the bottom of the seventh," said Alseth, elated that his club hung on for the 14-12 victory.
All told, 1B Sunnyside Christian rapped 14 hits in Tuesday's non-league opener against the 2B Jaguars. And, it was Bosma - not only with his clutch hit in the seventh - who led the way at the plate for the Knights. He banged out three hits while driving in three runs, which included socking a bases empty triple in the top of the third, which led to a five-run uprising that inning.
Also coming through big at the dish for the game one winners were Brandon Moore, who went 3-for-5 with a double in the third frame and drove in two runs; first-year player Luke Wavrin, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI; and Wyatt Hoff, who pushed in three runs with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
Yesterday's doubleheader was played at the sports complex at the TRAC Center in Pasco.
Alex Brouwer was given the start atop the hill for Sunnyside Christian. He kept the Jaguars in check through the first four innings, only yielding a single run in the first and two tallies in the fourth frame while his club piled up 10 runs in the first four innings.
Tri-Cities Prep finally figured out Brouwer in the bottom of the fifth, however, exploding for four runs to make it a 12-7 game. Alseth switched pitchers at that point, replacing his starter with Hoff, who got the Knights out of the jam. Hoff made it through two outs in the bottom of the sixth, before the Jaguars got onto his pitches and closed to within 12-9. Alseth then brought in Moore, who despite getting roughed up for three runs in the bottom of the seventh, closed out the game and earned a save.
Tuesday's nightcap was a different story. Tri-Cities Prep pitcher Josh Guajardo, even though he allowed eight hits in going the distance, limited the visiting Knights to a single run and picked up the 8-1 win to give the Jaguars a split of the twin bill.
Sunnyside Christian's downfall in the doubleheader finale, said Alseth, was stranding nine base runners.
"It wasn't that we weren't hitting the ball. The hits just didn't come at the right time," he said.
The lone Knight to enjoy a multi-hit performance in game two was Drew Puterbaugh. He went 2-for-3.
The one run Sunnyside Christian scored came in the top of the fifth. Brouwer walked, stole second and trotted home for the score on an RBI double off the bat of Moore.
In defeating the Knights in the closing game, Tri-Cities Prep totaled 11 hits off Moore (2-3), the starting hurler, and his replacement, Hoff, who relieved Moore with one out in the bottom of the fifth.
Sunnyside Christian (5-8) is scheduled to host Lyle/Wishram for the first of its two league doubleheaders this coming Saturday, April 27. The first pitch is slated to be thrown out at 11 a.m.