PREP FASTPITCH SOFTBALL
KENNEWICK – The Sunnyside fastpitch softball team ended its 2014 season yesterday with a 20-4 Sub-Regional playoff loss to the Southridge Suns.
“We gave up too many base on balls and a hit by pitch in the third inning. We also committed four errors,” said Sunnyside Coach Ralph Mendoza.
The Lady Grizzlies ended the season with an overall record of 4-17.
Southridge (4-16) will advance to Regionals.
The Suns opened last night’s game with three runs in the first inning. Sunnyside answered with a run, but Southridge scored another two runs for a 5-1 lead in the second inning.
It was in the third inning that Southridge scored big. The Suns tallied 13 runs as a result of Sunnyside’s miscues.
Pitching for the Lady Grizzlies through all but a third of an inning was Monique Gill.
“Logan Pickle pitched through the beginning of the third inning,” said Mendoza, stating he put Gill back on the mound to finish the game.
Sunnyside gave up just three more runs in the fourth inning.
On offense, the Lady Grizzlies had four hits, but made them count. Catcher Dalia Romo was 1-for-2. That one hit put her on second base.
Teammates Johanna Chumley hit a two-run double and Malloree Cupp hit a single, good for getting a runner home.
Maggie Torres also got on base on a hit.
“There’s been a lot of improvement this season,” said Mendoza, stating he is proud of the Lady Grizzlies for playing hard throughout the campaign.
He said players were injured, but returned to the field and battled back.
“They created some memories they will carry with them,” he said.
Sunnyside will lose eight players to graduation this year.
“Next year, there will be some shoes to fill,” said Mendoza.