GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School fastpitch softball team is coming into the season led by a group of upperclassmen that are no strangers to the softball diamond. Saturday, the 10 juniors and seniors that make up of a large part of the team showed Coach Doug Hansen what he can expect as the season progresses.
Saturday, the Grandview Lady Greyhounds hosted a softball jamboree, which included teams from Ki-Be and Prosser. Throughout the afternoon each team was pitted against each other for three innings. Ultimately, the Grandview team split its games, winning one match-up and losing the other.
The first game of the afternoon found the Lady 'Hounds taking on the Ki-Be Lady Bears. The Grandview team started off strong, scoring one run in the first inning, while leaving the Ki-Be team scoreless.
However, one run is all the Grandview team would score against the Lady Bears, who rallied back in the third inning with four runs. The final score was 4-1, with the Lady 'Hounds losing.
Pitching for the Lady 'Hounds against Ki-Be were juniors Mari Cornejo and Sarah Trevino. Cornejo pitched the entire first two innings, striking out two Ki-Be players. Trevino pitched part of the third inning before Cornejo came back in to finish the game.
The only Greyhound run was pushed in by senior Teagan Johnston, who had one hit and one RBI. The only other hit for the Grandview team came from sophomore Felisha Cruz, who had a bunt base hit and stole second base.
The next time the Lady 'Hounds took the field Saturday afternoon they were more successful, winning against the Prosser Lady Mustangs 1-0.
The Grandview team managed to keep the Lady Mustangs scoreless throughout the match-up. However, the Prosser team couldn't do the same to the Lady 'Hounds, who managed to score one run in the second inning to seal the victory.
Hansen said it was great to come back and keep Prosser scoreless.
Pitching for the Lady 'Hounds was sophomore Erica Solis, who allowed just three hits and one base-on-ball.
Solis also had one of the three hits by the Lady 'Hounds against Prosser. Senior Christina Alaniz and Cruz also had hits for the Grandview team.
Hansen said he was proud of the team for pitching scoreless softball for five of six innings. He noted that Cornejo and Solis will likely serve as the team's two main pitchers throughout the season.
"They threw strikes and were able to let our defense play defense," Hansen said.
He said having a team made up of so many upperclassmen will be good for the Lady 'Hounds. Hansen noted that because of the high number of returning players the team's infield is intact and its defense should be good this year.
The next game for the Lady 'Hounds will be Tuesday, March 16, at Ki-Be.