The Sunnyside Grizzlies just haven't been able to get over the baseball hump in the CBBN this season as the Davis Pirates swept the Grizzlies this past Friday, 7-1 and 13-6.
The two losses drop Sunnyside's league record to 0-10 and 2-15 overall.
Friday's opening game of the doubleheader was decided in the first three innings as the Pirates took a 7-1 lead and then held on.
Jaime Sarmiento pitched the entire game for the Grizzlies and after giving up the seven runs in the first three innings, settled down to pitch a dandy of a game. Sunnyside Coach Terry Shines said after Sarmiento simmered down a bit, he had a five-pitch fourth inning, a six-pitch fifth inning and a four-pitch sixth inning.
Unfortunately for Sunnyside, the Pirates had already done their damage at that point.
Sarmiento gave up five hits in the game, including a home run in the third inning, walked three batters and hit one.
Sunnyside got its lone run in the first inning of play. Justin Reyes was hit by a pitch and then Luis Valles laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Reyes to second. Lane Pickel then doubled to bring home Reyes.
Davis got two runs in the bottom of the first, three in the second and two more in the third. The Pirates took advantage of the three walks, one hit batter and three errors committed by Sunnyside.
The Grizzlies had four hits in the game, Pickel's double, a double by Julian Rivera and two singles by freshman Miguel Mendez, who was playing in his first varsity game.
Shines said Sarmiento had long pitch counts in the first three innings but pitched extremely well after that.
"Our offense didn't string any hits together," he said. "We were missing the curve ball. Our batters looked uncomfortable out there."
Sunnyside left seven players on base in the game.
In the second game Reyes took the mound for Sunnyside, pitching five innings and giving up 13 hits, walking four and hitting one batter. Reyes gave up one home run and struck out two.
Trey Serl came in to relieve Reyes in the sixth inning. He went the rest of the way and gave up four hits, walked three hitters and struck out one batter.
The Grizzlies banged out 10 hits in the game, led by Reyes, who had three, including one home run. Pickel had two hits in the game and Valles, Bernald Rodriguez, Serl, Leo Cuellar and Mendez each had one hit.
Davis took a 4-0 lead after two innings but Sunnyside got one back in the bottom half of the second frame. Serl got on base with a walk and then was brought home by a Cuellar double.
The Grizzlies cut Davis' lead to 4-3 in the third inning on Reyes' home run.
Davis scored three runs in the fourth to make it 7-3 but Sunnyside came right back in the bottom half and scored two runs to make it 7-5. Davis added two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth and Sunnyside scored one run in the sixth to account for the 13-6 score.
"We were banging the ball but we just weren't putting them together," Shines said.
Sunnyside left eight players on base in the game.
Sunnyside will play its final regular season doubleheader on Tuesday, May 4, when the Grizzlies travel to Moses Lake to take on the Chiefs at 2 p.m.