Wednesday, March 24, 2004
NACHES - Five or six miscues on the part of the Grandview High School baseball team cost the 'Hounds yesterday, as the Naches Rangers rallied in the last inning to claim a 10-9 non-league win.
"Defensively, we struggled," said Grandview Coach Mike Chester. "There's no reason we shouldn't have won that game."
Despite the less than stellar defensive effort on the part of the Greyhounds, Grandview (0-0, 0-2) was still in the game in the late going. But, Naches ended up snapping a 9-all tie in the bottom of the seventh inning with a Texas leaguer that looped in safely behind the second base bag.
The Rangers advanced two runners to second and third in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a pair of walks and two passed balls. With one out, a Naches batter blooped a single just past the second base bag to score the winning run.
The late game rally by the Rangers made a loser of relief pitcher Brian Hall (0-2), who has absorbed both of Grandview's defeats this season in as many games. Orlando Gomez, the starting pitcher, was one of three hurlers Chester used against Naches Tuesday afternoon.
Chester said none of his 'Hounds had an exceptional day at the plate yesterday, although he noted Rodrigo Rodriguez and Fonzie Lopez each came through with a double. Grandview's best inning, offensively speaking, came in the top of the third, when the 'Hounds pushed five runs across the plate.
Chester's club takes to the field again this coming Saturday, when the 'Hounds host Zillah for two non-league games, beginning at 11 a.m. Grandview jumps into Mid-Valley League play the following Saturday, April 3, at Selah.