KITTITAS - Plating seven runs in the final two innings, the Waterville Shockers rallied for an 11-9 victory over the Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team last Saturday.
The loss, which came in the opening game of the 1B District tournament, brings an end to the Knights' season.
Sunnyside Christian had mounted an 8-4 lead on the Shockers through the first five innings. Waterville closed the gap, to within 8-6, by pushing in two runs in the top of the sixth.
The Shockers, in their final at-bat in the top of the seventh, exploded for five additional runs to forge an 11-8 lead.
Relief pitcher Wyatt Hoff was given the ball in the seventh, but he opened by walking the first Waterville batter. Following a bunt single, Hoff hit the next hitter with a pitch to load the bases. That brought up the No. 8 hitter in the Waterville line-up, Parkhill, who promptly delivered a two-run single - his third base hit of the game.
Following another walk, SCHS Coach Tyler Alseth went back to his starting pitcher, Alex Brouwer, who set down the first batter he faced on strikes. The Knights, unfortunately, then committed a pair of throwing errors, which led to three more runs crossing the plate.
Sunnyside Christian tried mounting a comeback in the home-half of the seventh. Brandon Broersma was hit by a pitch and stole second. Following a strikeout, Josh Stein lashed an RBI double to bring the Knights to within 11-9. Two infield groundouts, however, brought the game to a close.
"It was tough to have the lead all that way, only to give it up at the end of the game," Alseth admitted.
"It was especially tough when we saw the other two teams at District, knowing both were beatable," he added.
As it turned out, Pateros knocked off Lyle in the other semi-final tilt, then defeated Waterville in the District championship game to earn a Regional berth.
Sunnyside Christian's bats came to life early Saturday morning, as the Knights tallied three runs in the bottom of the first. Brouwer had a single in the frame, Luke Wavrin and Brandon Moore each drew a walk, and Hoff crunched a three-run double.
Waterville got to Brouwer for three runs in the third. Both clubs scored a single tally in the fourth to keep the game knotted at 4-4.
The Knights, though, took a commanding 8-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Following a pair of walks, Hoff, Brouwer and Drew Puterbaugh each singled to spark the four-run uprising.
The game appeared to be in Sunnyside Christian's control, until the Shockers mounted their sixth and seventh frame rallies.
Coming through with multiple hit performances in the loss to Waterville were Hoff, 2-for-3 with three RBI; Puterbaugh, 2-for-4; and Brouwer, 2-for-5.
Sunnyside Christian outhit the Shockers by a 9-to-6 margin, but four errors and too many walks erased that advantage.
The Knights finished their spring campaign with an overall record of 10-9.