GRANDVIEW - Oh, the heartache the Grandview High School baseball team must be feeling after Tuesday afternoon's loss to East Valley.
The Greyhounds all but had the end in sight to dethrone the state's third-ranked Red Devils, only to see it slip away.
East Valley used a seven-run sixth inning to dispose of the Greyhounds 9-2.
"I am happy we competed with them, but we should have beat them," said Grandview Coach Mike Chester. "We didn't play like the score was 9-2. We were right there with them."
Grandview starting hurler Tony Chester had a solid five innings of work, but got into some big trouble in the sixth.
"He did great," said his father and coach. "But in the sixth inning he missed (some) spots."
Before the younger Chester knew it the Red Devils had the bases loaded in the sixth. Chester then pulled his starter in favor of Kevin Concienne, who had trouble finding the strike zone, walking in a couple of runs. Concienne was then yanked for Brandon Artz, whom Chester said was throwing strikes but whom East Valley unloaded on with hits. By the time the sixth inning was done, the Red Devils pasted seven runs on the board.
"We just kind of shot ourselves in the foot," said Chester. "We were tough with them through five innings. That sixth inning just killed us."
The Red Devils took an early 2-0 lead after plating lone tallies in the top of the first and third innings.
The Greyhounds battled back with two runs in the fifth. Rigo Rodriguez squeezed in Joel Ledesma for one of the runs and then with two outs J.R. Camacho singled to plate Concienne.
The Red Devils managed 10 hits, but didn't look much like a state-ranked team, committing three errors.
Chester said the five errors in the game for Grandview hurt the Greyhounds.
Ledesma and Camacho accounted for a majority of the Greyhounds' five hits, as each had two apiece Tuesday afternoon.
Chester said one of the problems for the Greyhounds is that the bottom of his line-up needs to start swinging the bat better.
Chester said there were a couple of occasions early in the game when the Greyhounds had the bases loaded and a timely hit was needed, but it didn't come.
The Grandview skipper said his team has been playing tough all year, turning in solid outings against Naches Valley, ranked ninth in the state, as well as against Othello and top-ranked Kiona-Benton.
The Greyhounds (3-6, 3-6) play a crucial twin bill at Othello this Saturday. A win by Grandview will keep the Greyhounds in the postseason hunt.
"It is so important we win two against Othello," said Chester. "We are right there. We just need to put it away."