Errors dropped the Sunnyside Grizzlies into an early hole in Tuesday’s opening game against Riverview, and Sunnyside couldn’t come back, losing 18-11.
“The errors, both infield and outfield, killed us,” said Coach Terry Shines. “They’d get a base hit and our errors would turn it into a double or triple. A routine ground ball would go between our legs. It wasn’t pretty.”
Riverview’s big inning was in the second, where the Panthers scored 10 runs. They added another three in the top of the third to make the score 14-0 before Sunnyside bats finally came alive.
The Grizzlies started off with two walks in the bottom of the third before a run of hits and a sprinkling of balk calls on the Panther pitcher finally got Sunnyside on the scoreboard. The seven runs the Grizzlies collected in the bottom of the third made for a good start.
“It was a big inning for us, both hitting-wise and (drawing) walks,” said Shines. “We capitalized on it.”
Unfortunately, despite scoring four more times, the Grizzlies couldn’t manufacture enough runs to catch up to the Panthers.
Sunnyside’s Joel Ortega drove in three runs and Ryan Pike also had two hits and three RBI’s, including a solo home run.
Although the Sunnyside bats were alive in the opener, Shines said they died in the nightcap, leading to a 13-2 loss for the Grizzlies.
“We were just flat,” he said. “In the first game we were hitting. In the second game there was nothing.”
The Panthers started the game with an 11-run inning in the first. Shines said errors again contributed heavily to the loss.
“It was a lot of the same,” he said. “We had errors, we need to hit the ball.”
Sunnyside (0-4) will travel to Naches tomorrow, March 27, for a single game.