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Lady 'Hounds stay ahead of the Wildcats

TOPPENISH - Saturday afternoon the Grandview High School girls' fastpitch softball team came out of the gates swinging, leaving the Toppenish Wildcats unsure of what had happened.

The Lady Greyhounds were able to put away two wins against the Toppenish team in a doubleheader that ended with Grandview ahead 26-5 in the first game and 24-12 in the second game.

"We did a lot of things well," Grandview Coach Doug Hansen said of his team.

He explained that due to a variety of factors the Grandview team only had nine players on the field Saturday, but those nine players were able to keep the Lady Wildcats at bay.

Hansen said throughout the afternoon, junior Karol Cabrera did an excellent job of catching for the team. Cabrera served as the catcher during both the first and second games.

Hansen said the Lady 'Hounds also managed to do a good job of hitting the ball.

"We made good contact," he said.

Hansen was also happy to see his team do well in the outfield, considering that many of the girls were playing different positions than they usually would. He said senior Sabrina Zavala played center field Saturday, a position she had never played before, and in the second inning of the first game she came charging up on a pop-up and made a great catch.

On the pitching rubber, junior Mari Cornejo also did a good job for the Lady 'Hounds, claiming 10 strikeouts in the first game.

"We did some good things defensively," Hansen said, noting that are still some things the team will have to work on.

He said he is a little worried about the team's ability to hit off of stronger pitchers.

"We just have to be a little quicker on the trigger when starting our swings," Hansen said.

He added that with Cornejo's strong pitching ability it should make it easier for the team to practice.

Also looking good for the Lady 'Hounds this year is Erica Solis. Hansen said Solis hit the ball really well Saturday.

"I think she'll be a real player for us," he said.

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