RICHLAND - From a fundamental standpoint, the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team was doing all the right things in its season opener yesterday afternoon.
"Overall, we played well. We were pretty sound," said SCHS Coach Tyler Alseth, "Especially with it being our first game of the season."
But it was at the dish where the Knights came up short. Sunnyside Christian could muster just two hits off the Liberty Christian duo of Corbin and Lindquist. Unable to advance a runner past first, and unable to keep Liberty Christian's bats in check, the Knights ended up falling by a 12-0 count.
The non-league game was called after five frames due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Alseth said the two Liberty Christian pitchers are top notch hurlers, and both kept the Knight batters from making solid contact with the ball.
"Liberty Christian just won the 1B State football title...so they have some pretty talented athletes. The Corbin and Lindquist kids are both pretty strong.
"I told my kids that they have to see pitching like that if they're going to become better hitters," Alseth said.
The two base knocks that Sunnyside Christian, which won the 1B State basketball championship just a couple of weeks ago, did come up with were singles, the first by catcher Drew Puterbaugh in the top of the fourth and the other by Drew Scheenstra, who pinched hit in the fifth and laced a one-bagger.
Wyatt Hoff got the start on the hill for Sunnyside Christian, limiting the Patriots to just one run through the first two innings. Liberty Christian chased Hoff in the bottom of the third, though, exploding for five runs. Brandon Moore closed out the pitching chores for the visitors, yielding another six runs in the fourth frame.
Liberty Christian, which tallied 10 hits total in the shortened game, was led at the plate by Mitch Godwin, who doubled twice in a 3-for-4 performance while driving in three runs. The Patriots also received a 2-for-3 effort from Lindquist.
Sunnyside Christian had been scheduled to play at Naches this coming Thursday, but that non-league doubleheader has been moved up to this coming Wednesday.