SUNNYSIDE — Touchet and Sunnyside Christian split a weekend doubleheader before the second game was called due to darkness on Saturday.
In game one, Sunnyside Christian jumped out to a 11-2 lead but Touchet was able to settle in and come away with a 17-14 victory. The game went almost three hours, as both teams proved capable offensively while tiring out the opposing pitchers. Touchet’s Connor and Colter McKeown led the Indian’s offensively by combining for five of the Indians’ 14 hits in the first game. After rallying from the nine-run deficit early, Touchet coach Tim McKeown praised his team’s composure.
“They got out to that 11-2 lead, but our team really settled in,” he said, “Both teams played well and it was a well-deserved win.”
Sunnyside used a multitude of pitchers to combat the Indian offense, with no one getting more than three innings of work on the mound. Sunnyside’s Ryan Bangs proved versatile in both games as spent time pitching and catching, as well adding two hits on the day. Brant Bosma also batted well for the Knights, leading all hitters with five over the doubleheader.
The second game followed the same pattern as the first with Sunnyside being effective at the plate early in the game. This time around, however, Touchet did not have enough to battle back as the game was called after the fifth inning due to darkness. Bosma came up big again for the Knights, as he pitched all five innings while only allowing three runs despite three errors in the field.
Touchet 200 714 3 — 17 13 4
Sunnyside 605 000 3 — 14 9 3
Schack and McKeown; Faloer, Bangs (4), Bosma (5), and Bangs, Heffron. Bangs.
HR — none.
Hits — Touchet: Con. McKeown 2, Col. MckEown 3, Shack, Weber, Flagstead, Ortiz 2, Goble, Shanks 2; Sunnyside: Wazrin 2, Heffron 2, Bosma 3, Bangs, Stein.
Touchet 100 20 — 3 5 0
Sunnyside 401 10 — 6 6 3
Ortiz and Goble; Bosma and Bangs
HR — none
Hits — Touchet: Schack 3, Hopkins, Goble; Sunnyside: Waven 2, Heffron, Bosma 2, Bangs.