FINLEY - Sunnyside's baseball team enjoyed its biggest hit parade of the season, breaking out the bats on the way to an 11-1 thumping of host 1A Riverview yesterday.
The 3A Grizzlies won the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with plenty of good pitching and timely hitting.
While Sunnyside starting pitcher Miguel Mendez handcuffed the Panthers to just one run in five innings of work, Grizzly batters smacked 12 hits. Four of the dings were off the bat of Trey Serl, who also had a team-high two runs batted in.
Tim Martinez and Mendez delivered two hits apiece for Sunnyside.
Sunnyside clung to a 3-1 lead through four innings, then broke it open with four-run rallies in the fifth and seventh innings.
Sam Romero pitched the last two innings in relief for the Grizzlies to preserve the victory.
Coach Terry Shines was happy to see Sunnyside's bats come to life in game one, but noted it was lack of timely hitting in game two that proved costly.
Sunnyside lost 5-4 in the nightcap despite outhitting the Panthers 9-to-4.
"I think we are so much better than the score showed," Shines said. "We should have walked out of there with two wins. We are leaving too many runners stranded."
It was a tight contest all the way through in game two, with the Grizzlies trailing just 3-2 through four innings.
The Panthers gained some breathing room in the sixth frame, nicking Serl - Sunnyside's starting pitcher - for a pair of runs to go up 5-2.
Sunnyside answered with two runs of its own, but fell just short against the SCAC school.
Besides pitching a complete-game four-hitter, Serl also set seven Riverview batters down on strikes.
At the plate, Serl had two hits, including a double, and two runs batted in. Mendez also pounded out a pair of hits for the Grizzlies.
"We need to tighten up on our hitting, but other than that we played a solid game," Shines said. "We just need to take advantage of the (available) runs out there."
Sunnyside (0-3, 2-5) will try to do just that tomorrow, Thursday, when it hosts Naches, another SCAC school.