Wednesday, May 13, 2015/lk
YAKIMA – You can’t commit six errors and muster just two hits at the plate – not playing Big Nine League baseball - and expect to come away with a postseason berth.
Such was the case for the Sunnyside High School “nine” Tuesday evening. Playing a Class 4A District tourney “play-in” game against the Davis Pirates, the Grizzlies succumbed meekly, 12-0.
The postseason contest didn’t even go the full seven innings, as the game was called after five frames due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Sunnyside earned the right to play for a spot in the District tournament by finishing sixth in the seven-school CBBN standings with a record of 3-15. Only winless Eisenhower had a worse league record than did the Grizzlies.
Davis, by virtue of its victory in yesterday’s loser-out affair, gets to host a first-round District tourney game this coming Friday. That game, too, will be a loser-out contest.
In trying to knock off the Pirates on the Yakima club’s home diamond yesterday, Sunnyside could only come up with a pair of hits – single-base knocks by right fielder Matt Miller in the top of the third and by catcher Dan Esqueda in the fifth. Both, Miller and Esqueda – the only Grizzlies who got on the base paths - were left stranded at first.
“The kids have got to learn to hit,” said first-year coach Pete Marquez. “I don’t know what it’s going to take.
“But, our goal is definitely to get better,” he said.
Marquez noted the athletes in the SHS baseball program also are going to have to learn to play better when they’re in the field.
Yesterday, his Grizzlies booted the ball around and committed six errors.
“You can’t give good, quality teams extra at-bats,” said Marquez. “Not in the Big Nine, those teams are too good to make that many mistakes against them.”
Davis actually only pieced together a seven-hit attack against Sunnyside, although one of the blasts, a first inning homer by first baseman Bradley Johnson, was good for three runs.
Pitching-wise for the Grizzlies yesterday, the only hurler that was effective at all was sophomore Mike Esqueda. He was brought up from the JV, and yielded no earned runs during the three innings he was in the game.
Sunnyside finished the spring campaign with an overall record of 3-18.