NACHES – After two one-run losses to open the season a week ago, the Sunnyside High School baseball team has suffered three straight spankings.
The most recent came yesterday. The Class 1A Naches Valley Rangers blanked the 3A Grizzlies, 10-0. The game was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Sunnyside (0-5) has been outscored 41-13 in its last three games.
Despite Thursday’s shutout loss, Coach Terry Shines said he is seeing definite signs of improvement from his players.
“The score doesn’t show, but they are hitting the ball a little better,” he said. “We played intense for the whole game.”
Sunnyside got three hits, scattered across the first three innings, from Hank Fairbairn, Tim Martinez and Ryan Pike. Shines said Pike continues to be the Grizzies’ most dependable bat.
“He gets a hit every game,” said Shines. “He’s doing very well.”
Shines said his defense was strong for the first three innings, giving up only one run and turning a 4-6-3 double play.
“It was a 1-0 ballgame until the fourth inning,” he said. “Then our errors let them score four runs.”
Shines said that when his players connected with the ball, they unfortunately tended to send it right to an opposing player. His team also had a few strikeouts.
“Five strikeouts in a five-inning game means you only get two outs per inning,” said Shines. “That makes it much harder.”
The Grizzlies will have all of spring break to practice. The next game for the Sunnyside nine will be on Tuesday, April 8, at home against Eastmont.