PASCO - The Grandview High School baseball team nearly has it put together, but the Greyhounds are missing just a few things, one of which is timely hitting.
The Greyhounds didn't necessarily struggle this past Saturday at the plate, as Grandview hit the ball against Connell. The problem for the Greyhounds was they were hitting it right at the Eagle players.
Grandview squared off against Connell in a doubleheader on Saturday at Dust Devils Stadium in the Tri-Cities. The twin bill was a home game for Grandview. Grandview lost the opener 3-1. The nightcap ended up being postponed because of Saturday's rainstorm. The Eagles were leading 8-3 starting the top of the third at the time the game was called. The two teams will complete the game this Wednesday at Grandview, picking up in the third inning. The game will start at 4 p.m.
Tony Chester pitched another solid game for the Greyhounds, scattering seven hits.
"We couldn't give him any run support," said Grandview Coach Mike Chester.
The Eagles were getting the bloops shots that fell just right to get on base, said Chester. While on the other side, the Greyhounds struggled to get those bloop shots a team needs to get runners on base. Grandview had five hits in the game.
"We couldn't get that hit when we wanted to," said Chester. "We hit the ball hard, but we hit it right at someone."
The Eagles scored lone runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Connell's offensive performance was backed up by an error free showing on the defensive side of the ball.
The Greyhounds scored their lone run in the bottom of the sixth after Rigo Rodriguez tripled to start the inning, later scoring off a double from J.R. Camacho. Camacho had a nice outing at the plate, going 2-for-3.
Joel Ledesma also had a double Saturday for the Greyhounds.
In the nightcap, the Greyhounds jumped on Connell right away, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first to take an early 3-1 lead.
Greyhound pitcher Brandon Artz ran into some problems in the second inning, giving up seven runs.
"He couldn't get the ball down in the zone," said Chester. "They hit the ball real well."
The turning point in the second inning for the Eagles was a three-run inside the park home run. Chester said the ball flew some 335 feet and Grandview's outfielders couldn't get to the ball in time.
Kevin Concienne was brought in to pitch in relief for the Greyhounds and will be the pitcher when the game resumes on Wednesday.
Chester said it was a good experience for his players being able to play at Dust Devils Stadium.
"They were excited," said Chester. "The parents were real excited."
Grandview (3-9, 3-9) travels to Kiona-Benton today (Tuesday) before finishing Wednesday's game against Connell.