Wednesday, April 21, 2004
PROSSER - Despite falling to 2-7 in conference play with yesterday's loss to Prosser, the Grandview High School baseball team is still very much in the hunt for a playoff berth.
The Greyhounds are battling with Prosser (2-7), Ellensburg (2-7) and Wapato (3-6) for the Mid-Valley League's fifth and sixth postseason spots into the Regional tournament.
Grandview Coach Mike Chester said a win over Prosser yesterday would have gone a long way in ensuring his 'Hounds made the playoffs this season. "But, we're not out of it. We've still got a chance to get that last spot," said Chester.
The 'Hounds have their work cut out for them. They close out the regular season with a home doubleheader against West Valley (12-3) this coming Saturday, host Hanford (4-5) for a single game next Tuesday and finish at Sunnyside (6-3) with a twin bill on Saturday, May 1.
Yesterday's 4-2 loss to the Mustangs spoiled a couple of fine pitching performances by Grandview's Kevin Concienne and Brandon Artz. Prosser rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to squeak out the narrow win.
Concienne got the start atop the hill, pitching scoreless ball through the first two innings. Artz replaced him in the third, when Prosser scored its first run of the game. Artz shut down the Mustangs in the fourth and fifth frames, but Prosser rallied in the sixth with three runs.
Miguel Perez and Tyler Nichols singled and doubled, respectively, in the sixth to lead Prosser's come-from-behind victory. The Mustangs got only one other hit in Tuesday's league game off Concienne and Artz.
"Kevin looked good in his start, and Brandon came in and pitched a good ball game," said Chester.
"All of the kids played really well," he said.
Offensively, Grandview outhit the 'Stangs-5 to 3. Right fielder Rigo Rodriguez had three of the Greyhounds' hits, including a double.
Grandview was poised to expand on its 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth, loading the bases, but a groundout induced by Prosser pitcher Scott Mack got the 'Stangs out of the jam.