Last inning errors costly for Lady Grizzlies


The Sunnyside softball fastpitch team is working hard to earn its first league win of the season.

If not for some costly errors in the final innings of the two games against Eastmont this past Saturday, that goal might have been accomplished.

In the nightcap the teams were tied 4-4 at the top of the sixth inning. Some miscues, however led to five runs for the visiting Wildcats.

“We committed all five errors in the last two innings,” said Coach Ralph Mendoza.

Eastmont was able to score another 10 runs in the seventh frame due to the errors made by Sunnyside.

“We should have only given up one run in the seventh frame,” Mendoza said.

Eastmont won the nightcap 19-4. The Wildcats had 19 runs off 20 hits and committed just three errors.

Sunnyside scored its four runs on five hits.

He said the errors made by the Lady Grizzlies kept the Wildcats alive in the second game. If Sunnyside had been able to make the plays it needed, Eastmont would not have fared as well.

Connecting with the ball twice was Sunnyside catcher Dalia Romo. Lady Grizzlies Shawna Santini and Monique Gill were 1-for-3, and Johanna Chumley was 1-for-5.

“We’re playing hard…we’re competing,” said Mendoza.

In the opener Eastmont earned a 12-3 victory.

The Wildcats had a 5-1 lead at the end of the third inning and Sunnyside struggled to equalize the game.

The Wildcats scored another two runs in the fourth inning and five in the sixth inning.

Sunnyside had a total of seven hits and committed five errors in the first game.

Claudia Marchen led the Lady Grizz with two hits for two RBIs. Romo also had an RBI off her single hit. Santini, Chumley, Darinda Campos and Kasey Kleinow connected with the ball to get on base.

“There are little wins…we just have to pull a whole game together,” said Mendoza.

Sunnyside (1-7) this coming Friday will travel to Moses Lake for another twin bill.


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