A last-inning, four-run rally – coupled with a 16-6 blowout in the nightcap – gave the Sunnyside Christian Knights a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Grandview High School summer baseball team Tuesday afternoon.
The two victories squared Sunnyside Christian’s record at 2-2. The Knights are playing a 14-game exhibition schedule this summer.
In yesterday’s opener, trailing the Greyhound nine by a 5-2 score heading into its last at-bat, Sunnyside Christian staged a comeback that netted the Knights an unlikely 6-5 victory.
Adrian Heffron got aboard in the bottom of the seventh via a fielder’s choice. His brother, Ian, followed by lashing another grounder, but the Grandview infielder couldn’t get the ball to the second base bag in time for the out. Following a walk, Reid Benjert reached base on a fielder’s choice, but in the process drove in a run to make it a 5-3 game.
That set the stage for Sunnyside Christian’s top three hitters in the line-up. Luke Wavrin singled and drove in a run to pull the Knights to within 5-4, which was followed by an RBI double off the bat of Wyatt Hoff. With the game knotted at 5-5, Brant Bosma stepped to the plate and rapped a run-scoring single for the game winner.
“We hung in there,” said Sunnyside Christian Coach Tyler Alseth. “It was a nice little rally that got the job done.”
Offensively in the opener, catcher Drew Puterbaugh was the lone Knight to have a multi-hit game. He went 2-for-3. All told, Sunnyside Christian managed seven hits in game one.
The Knights - behind pitchers Justin Faber, Hoff and Jacob Palomarez - allowed Grandview just five hits.
Faber, who’ll be a sophomore at Sunnyside Christian this fall, got the start on the hill. He fanned five through his first three innings of work, but plunked three consecutive batters in the top of the fourth after yielding a lead-off double.
Alseth turned to Hoff, who got the Knights out of the fourth-inning jam. Hoff pitched up until the top of the seventh, striking out eight of the nine batters he faced.
“He was dominating,” Alseth said of Hoff.
Palomarez closed for the Knights, allowing one run in his one inning of work.
In the second game yesterday, Grandview exploded for five, first-inning runs. Adrian Heffron, who just completed his freshman year at SCHS, fanned the first batter he faced and then induced a groundout. Walks, hit batters and a couple of hits did him in, though, which forced Alseth to go back to Hoff.
Again, Hoff handcuffed Grandview and by the time he made way for the closer Palomarez in the top of the fifth, the Knights had a 7-6 lead.
From there, Sunnyside Christian plated nine runs to account for the final 16-6 score.
Bosma drove in two runs on a 2-for-3 offensive performance for the Knights. Sunnyside Christian also received a three-walk, one-hit effort from Wavrin, who ended up scoring three runs.
“That was big,” Alseth said of Wavrin’s performance.
Also in the game-two victory, Adrian Heffron had an RBI single in the fourth and Benjert ripped a run-scoring double in the third.
Sunnyside Christian is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Naches this coming Friday, starting at 2 p.m.