GRANDVIEW - Although the Grandview Lady Greyhounds' fastpitch softball team fell victim to the Goldendale Timberwolves Thursday afternoon, Grandview Coach Doug Hansen was still happy with what he saw happening on the field.
During the doubleheader the Lady 'Hounds were able to keep pace with the visiting Timberwolves throughout much of the first game, and in the second game the Grandview team was able to keep Goldendale's scoring to a minimum. However, neither move was enough to push the Lady 'Hounds ahead of the Goldendale team. The Lady 'Hounds lost to Goldendale 15-5 in the first game and 7-2 in the second game, which ended after five innings due to darkness.
During the first game, Hansen said he was happy to see his team stay tough against Goldendale, whose pitcher, Rachel Bare, will be playing for Wenatchee Valley College next year.
"The kids were confident," Hansen said of his team, noting that they were able to get eight hits against Bare.
He said there was a point in the game when the Lady 'Hounds were up 4-2, but in the sixth inning things began to fall apart.
"The doubt crept in," Hansen said. He added that after a few errors the Grandview team lost its confidence.
But still, Hansen said he was encouraged to see the way the girls played during the first part of the game.
"We played well for five innings," he said.
During the second game of the afternoon, the Lady 'Hounds were able to keep Goldendale's scoring down to no more than two runs per inning.
Hansen said in the second game his team had trouble putting hits together, noting that at one point the bases were loaded, but the Lady 'Hounds couldn't get a hit to score anyone.
Overall, Hansen said his team needs to work on control and having confidence that lasts seven innings. He added that during the first game the team was relaxed and played well through the fifth inning, then at the first sign of adversity they began to tense up.
Hansen said the team was able to make some great defensive plays Thursday afternoon. He said junior Sarah Trevino had a good day at shortstop.
"She was just really solid," Hansen said.
He added that junior Mari Cornejo did a good job pitching against Goldendale and he noted that sophomore Felisha Cruz, who was back from an eye injury, did a good job at catcher for the Lady 'Hounds.
The Grandview team will play again Saturday, April 3, at home against Selah.
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Goldendale 1 0 0 0 1 13 15 9 1
GHS 0 0 3 0 1 1 5 8 9
Pitching: Mari Cornejo pitched into the sixth inning, then Erica Solis came in and pitched a few batters before Cornejo came back to finish the game. Cornejo had 5 strikeouts.
Hitting: Ana Elizondo was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, Christina Alaniz was 2-for-3 with a double, Felisha Cruz was 1-for-2, Mari Cornejo was 1-for-3, Rita Morales was 1-for-3 and Erica Solis was 1-for-3.