GRANDVIEW - A regulation seven-inning game wasn't enough yesterday to decide the outcome of a non-league match-up between the Sunnyside Christian and Grandview high school girls fastpitch softball teams.
With the action extended to nine innings, Grandview eventually pulled out a 5-4 win. The Lady Greyhounds scored the winning run when Felisha Cruz lofted a fly to right. The ball was misplayed, allowing teammate Olivia Macias to scamper home from second.
All told Tuesday there were 10 errors committed in the contest-six by the Class 'B' Lady Knights. Sunnyside Christian also got outhit by the 2A 'Hounds, 9 to 3.
"When you look at the numbers, we should have gotten beat pretty bad," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris. "But we didn't.
"We hung in there and made a game of it.
"We probably could have given them a better game, but I think we were a little stale from not having played for almost two weeks," she added.
Sunnyside Christian (0-0, 2-2) took the early lead in the game by punching a lone run across the plate in the top of the second. Erica Smasne drove in the run with a triple to right field.
After Grandview countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, the Lady Knights answered with a three-run showing in the top of the fourth to regain the lead. Courtney Rice, who walked, and Carly DeGroot, who got aboard on an error, plated the first two runs in the inning off a two-run triple socked to left by Tyssyna Van Wingerden. Van Wingerden closed out the fourth frame scoring when she scooted home on a fielder's choice off the bat of Jacqui Roberts.
But, Grandview wasted little time in responding. The Lady 'Hounds pushed in two runs in the bottom half of the fourth to square the contest at 4-all.
The offensive stars for Grandview were Felisha Cruz, who went 3-for-5, and sisters Mari and Zulema Cornejo, who combined for a 4-for-8 effort at the plate.
Grandview Coach Doug Hansen said one of the keys to the victory was shutting down a Sunnyside Christian rally in the eighth inning. The Lady Knights loaded the bases with no outs, but in one fell swoop Lady 'Hounds hurler Mari Cornejo struck out a batter and the infield followed with an inning ending double play.
"We had a lot of tense moments that we were able to get out of, which was really exciting," said Hansen.
Sunnyside Christian used two pitchers in the game. DeGroot started but was relieved by Emily Hernandez in the fourth inning. Neither hurler gave up a walk, and both, said Harris, pitched well.
Cornejo, the Grandview pitcher, went the distance in picking up the win, fanning eight, walking four and scattering three hits.
The victory boosted the Lady Greyhounds' record on the year to 3-3. Grandview opens CWAC league play next Tuesday, April 19, with a doubleheader at Othello.
Sunnyside Christian continues its non-league schedule at a tournament at Wahluke High School this coming Saturday.
S 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 -4 3 6
G 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 -5 9 4
DeGroot, Hernandez (4) and Ty. Van Wingerden. M. Cornejo and Cruz. Hits-SCHS: Smasne 3B, Ty. Van Wingerden 3B; Grandview: Cruz 3/5, M. Cornejo 2/4, Z. Cornejo 2/4.