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Greyhounds drop two to the Huskies

OTHELLO - If the Grandview High School baseball team wants to make it to the postseason, then the Greyhounds better start swinging their bats better.

A lack of hitting really caused some problems in this past Saturday's doubleheader at Othello.

Grandview lost a close first game behind a notable five-inning pitching performance from Kevin Concienne, 2-1. The Greyhounds then fell apart in the nightcap, losing 9-0.

"We just didn't come through like we should have this weekend," said Grandview Coach Mike Chester. "I was disappointed and so were the boys."

The lone run for Grandview in the first game came when Rigo Rodriguez scored in the top of the fifth. Grandview had five hits and three errors in the opener.

Othello scored one run in the bottom of the first and another in the third off four hits and one error.

Chester praised the efforts of his pitching staff in the opener. Concienne threw strong for five innings before Tony Chester entered in relief.

"He has had some decent outings when he has started," said Chester of Concienne.

Chester said he has no real explanation for the loss in the opener. Chester said Grandview simply didn't get it done when the Greyhounds should have.

"We have just got to get some run support," said Chester.

In the nightcap, Othello walked away with the game following a disastrous fourth inning for the Greyhounds. After scoring one run in the second, the Huskies exploded for eight runs in the fourth. Othello pounded out eight hits and had four errors.

Grandview had trouble with the pitching of Eric Gomez, who tossed a complete-game one-hitter in the nightcap. The only hit Gomez gave up came in the seventh inning. Chester said Gomez wasn't overpowering, Grandview just didn't do a good job of swinging the bats.

"Our bats just went ice cold," said Chester. "We couldn't get a ball out of the infield."

Grandview (3-8, 3-8) will be looking to get back on the winning track this coming Saturday against Connell. The Greyhounds will be playing the Eagles, who just upset East Valley this past weekend, in what will be a home game for them at Dust Devils Stadium in the Tri-Cities.

"Hopefully this was a wake-up call for (our) boys," said Chester.

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