Monday, March 24, 2014/lk
ZILLAH – TV shows go on hiatus and pick right back up where they left off.
That’s not the case in sports, as the 1B Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight fastpitch team can attest after losing both ends of a season-opening doubleheader against the 1A Zillah JV squad last Friday.
“We were two full seasons without a team, so overall their (the JV Leopards) experience was a lot more compared to ours,” said Lady Knight Coach Kelly Harrington after falling 14-4 and 11-6 at Zillah.
Only three players remain from Sunnyside Christian’s previous fastpitch team; Mary Lou Filicetti, Jenna den Hoed and Betsy Knotts.
The Leopard JV team scored five runs in the first and six more in the third inning of game one.
The opener went just five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule, but Sunnyside Christian made some noise with four runs in the top of the fifth and final inning. The rally was sparked by a two-run hit by den Hoed, while Jordan Harrington and Aydan Harrington both slapped RBI hits.
Knotts and Aydan Harrington, who pitched complete games in both contests, were both 2-for-3 at the plate in the opener.
In game two, Sunnyside Christian seemed to settle down and gave the Leopard JV more of a challenge before falling 11-6.
Kristin Broersma was 2-for-3 at the plate in the nightcap with two RBI, while Aydan Harrington was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, as well.
Broersma and Jordan Harrington also each turned a double play in game two.
Knotts and den Hoed were also standouts in the field with their defensive play at catcher and shortstop, respectively.
Coach Harrington said she was more pleased with her team’s play in the second contest.
“We got the first game jitters out of the way,” she said. “There were moments when all 12 girls contributed positively to the team.”
Sunnyside Christian (0-2) plays a doubleheader at Liberty Christian tomorrow, Tuesday.