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Lady Grizzlies end season with loss to Lions

KENNEWICK - A torrential downpour in Kennewick nearly extended the Lady Grizzlies' season. As it turned out, the skies overhead dried up and the game was completed. The contest ended last night with a loss to the Kennewick Lions in the Regional play-in game.

"We weren't sure we were going to get the game in," said Sunnyside Coach Ralph Mendoza. "There were puddles all over the field. But the skies cleared up right before the game. By the middle of the second inning it was quite nice weather."

The Lady Grizzlies played solid ball for three and a half innings before Sunnyside's defense fell apart in the bottom of the fourth and allowed six runners to cross the plate. The Lions duplicated the feat in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game with the 10-run mercy rule, 14-4.

"We were hitting the ball," said Mendoza. "But the girls on the Kennewick side were making really nice plays. We were playing the little game, small ball. We just fell apart on the defensive side."

Sunnyside started the scoring in the top of the first with a run on a sacrifice bunt by Claudia Marchen. In the third inning Jessica Gomez provided an RBI sacrifice bunt. Both players were 1-for-2 in the game.

The Lady Grizzlies scored two runs in the top of the fifth, with Cornwell working the pitcher for a walk, then stealing second and reaching third on a wild pitch. The Lions pitcher walked the next two batters to load the bases, then Gomez walked to push in a run. Dorina Campos singled to right for another RBI.

Sunnyside (2-19) finished the game with four runs on three hits while committing three errors. Kennewick had 14 runs on 11 hits with one error.

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