YAKIMA - After a disappointing loss after a come-from-behind effort in the opener last Friday at Davis, Sunnyside bats came alive in the nightcap to give the Lady Grizzlies a win in their final regular season game.
The final game was marked with contributions by every member of the line-up as the Lady Grizzlies won, 19-12, on 19 hits. Davis batters got just eight hits and made one crucial error.
"We were just producing runs," said Sunnyside Coach Ralph Mendoza. "We won because of the amount of hits we got."
The Lady Grizzlies started off the nightcap strong with a five-run effort in the top of the first inning. Davis answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. The scores were reversed in the third inning with Sunnyside getting three runs and the Pirates pushing five runners across home to tie up the game at eight-all.
Both teams got a run across in the fourth inning, but Davis took the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a solo run. The lead didn't last long, however, as the Lady Grizzlies cracked open the game in the top of the sixth.
Dalia Romo led off the inning with a groundout, followed by a single by Jordan Harrington. Monique Gil ground out, giving the Lady Grizzlies two outs. But Sunnyside was just getting started. Shawna Santini stepped up to the plate to slap a single to left field, moving Harrington to third. Amber Cornwell finagled a walk to load the bases, then Johanna Chumley earned a walk to bring in the first run of the inning to tie up the game again.
Claudia Marchen hit into what should have been an out, but the ball was overthrown, allowing Santini to score. Next up was Jessica Gomez, who slapped an RBI single. Dorinda Campos singled in another run, and Romo came up for her second try in the inning. Romo blasted a line drive down the left field line for a triple to clear the bases. Harrington capped off the scoring with her second single of the inning to drive in Romo.
The Lady Grizzlies scored eight runs on six hits in the inning to take a seven-run lead.
In the bottom of the inning the Pirates managed to get two more runs and Sunnyside followed up with two runs in the top of the seventh.
Six players had multiple hits in the win. Santini went 4-for-5 in the game, Cornwell was 4-for-4, Chumley was 2-for-4, Gomez was 2-for-6, Romo was 2-for-5 and Harrington was 3-for-4.
"We were just making contact," said Mendoza. "From the top of the line-up to the bottom of the line-up."
Sunnyside bats were also alive in the first game, but errors gave the win to the Pirates.
"We lost it on the last play, bottom of the seventh with two outs," said Mendoza. "The score was tied. We should have taken it to extra innings."
Sunnyside lost the game 8-7. But the Lady Grizzlies got 14 hits to the Pirates' four hits. It was Sunnyside's seven errors to Davis' two errors that made the difference in the game.
Sunnyside jumped out to a one-run lead in the first inning, but Davis took the lead in the bottom of the second and added to it in the third and fourth. Down by six runs, the Lady Grizzlies fought back, getting two runs in the fifth, another run in the sixth, then making a dramatic effort to tie the game in the seventh.
Gomez got on base thanks to an error at short, and Campos was hit by a pitch. Romo hit a long single to center field that scored both runners to cut the Pirates' lead to a single run. Romo took advantage of Pirate mistakes, advancing to third on a wild pitch and then making it home on another wild pitch to tie up the game.
The Pirates were down to their last out when a fly to right field was dropped, allowing a run to score and ending the game.
Four Lady Grizzlies had multiple hits in the game. Cornwell was 2-for-5, Marchen was 3-for-4, Gomez was 2-for-4 and Romo was 3-for 4.
The Lady Grizzlies (2-13, 2-18) are traveling to Kennewick today (Monday) to play the Lions for a spot in the Regional play-offs.