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Knights absorb doubleheader losses in summer openers

STANFIELD, ORE. – Trekking south of the state line, the Sunnyside Christian High School summer baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Stanfield nine yesterday.

The host Oregon team knocked off the Knights by scores of 16-9 and 14-4.

Tuesday’s twin bill was the season openers for Sunnyside Christian, which is playing a 14-game exhibition schedule this summer.

In the opener, the Knights got two-hit performances from the trio of Billy Van Wingerden, Ryan Roedell and Reid Benjert. All told, Sunnyside Christian banged out 13 hits in the first game.

That was negated, though, by Stanfield’s 16-hit attack.

Justin Faber, who just completed his freshman year at SCHS, took the hill for the Knights in the opener. He yielded seven runs in his three innings of work.

“Justin’s control was pretty good,” said SCHS Coach Tyler Alseth. “He only allowed two walks.”

Faber uses a fastball and a change-up on the mound, but hasn’t yet mastered a curve.

Alseth went with relief pitcher Jacob Palomarez in the fourth inning, who allowed another nine runs the rest of the way.

Sunnyside Christian got 10-runned in Tuesday’s nightcap, 14-4, although the Knights were in the game early on.

Singles by Van Wingerden and Brant Bosma, and a run-scoring double off the bat of Drew Puterbaugh had Sunnyside Christian tied at 4-4 with Stanfield through three full innings.

The Oregon club erupted for 10 runs in the next two frames, however, to sock the game away.

Sunnyside Christian will host a prep team from Grandview next Tuesday, June 17. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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