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Rangers take two from Greyhounds

NACHES VALLEY - The Grandview High School baseball team wasn't able to carry the momentum of a 4-1 victory over Connell on March 29 over to this past Saturday's doubleheader at Naches Valley.

The Rangers won both games of the twin bill, taking the opener 6-2 and winning the nightcap 12-0.

"We hit the ball well, but we hit it right to them," said Grandview Coach Mike Chester.

Despite both losses, there were some positives, especially the pitching of sophomore Tony Chester.

Despite giving up nine hits, Chester had a pretty decent outing in the opening 6-2 loss. Chester gave up only three earned runs in a complete game outing while walking four. Chester only threw 100 pitches in six innings.

"We beat ourselves," said Chester of the first game.

Chester said his Greyhounds made a lot of mistakes that cost them the game.

Naches Valley took an early 3-0 after plating runs in the bottom of the first. The Rangers plated one run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth. A two-out, two-run triple from Tyler Burns in the bottom of the fifth gave the Rangers the lead for good.

Matt Hall knocked in Grandview's two runs in the top of the fifth off an error by the Rangers' infield.

The Greyhounds had two hits in the opening game.

In the nightcap, Naches Valley stormed out to an early lead, plating three runs in the bottom of the first. Grandview pitchers Rigo Rodriguez and Kevin Concienne had rough outings, said Chester. Naches scored one run in the second and then eight in the third inning. The Rangers had 10 hits in the nightcap while Grandview put the ball into play just once. The Greyhounds also had four errors.

Chester said Naches Valley is the type of a team that if you give them a few runs early in the game it is difficult to get them back.

"It is a real uphill battle," said Chester.

The Greyhounds (1-5, 1-5) will look to get back on the winning track this Saturday at home against Toppenish.

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