As of Monday, April 21, 2014
The Grizzly baseball team is still looking for its first win of the season after dropping both ends of a doubleheader to Moses Lake last Friday.
Sunnyside (0-6, 0-11) started strong against the Chiefs in the opener, holding Moses Lake to a single run through the first three innings and tying up the game in the bottom of the second.
But the Chiefs were able to capitalize on Grizzly mistakes and scored three in the fourth inning and another seven in the fifth inning.
“They scored seven runs in an inning that we should have been out of,” said Sunnyside Coach Terry Shines. “We gave them more outs and they used them.”
The final score was 11-1 in favor of Moses Lake, with four Grizzly errors.
The Sunnyside bats came alive in the nightcap, but unfortunately the team continued to be dogged by errors.
“If you score five runs, you should win the ball game,” said Shines. “Your defense has to do their job.”
Moses Lake won the second game 19-5, with Grizzly errors again paving the way for the defeat.
“Our pitchers are doing fine,” said Shines. “A few walks, but nothing major. It’s those fly balls that should be caught, the grounders that get away.
“If I were a pitcher I’d be the meanest, maddest guy on the team,” he said. “They are throwing well, getting the ground balls, but the defense is missing them. We’re giving (the opposing team) six or seven outs an inning.”
Shines said his team is not playing intense, and after a turn through the line-up, the plays start to fall apart.
“We play great up until the fourth inning, then my best players are making errors that are routine,” he said. “We don’t have the intensity for seven innings.”
Sunnyside plays Davis twice this week with the first game tomorrow, Tuesday, at Sunnyside and a doubleheader on Friday at Davis.