BENTON CITY - It was like a sleeping giant had been awoken yesterday.
The Grandview High School baseball team had been swinging a dismal stick lately, only showing signs of life in the last few games. But man did the Greyhound bats heat up yesterday.
The Greyhounds had nine hits in their 7-5 victory over Kiona-Benton.
"We changed the line-up," said Grandview Coach Mike Chester as one of the reasons why his team pounded out so many hits yesterday. "We came around and started hitting the ball. We finally started playing to our potential. It feels good."
The Greyhounds also got a nice pitching effort from Rigo Rodriguez, who was seeing his first full start of the season. Rodriguez gave up six hits, most of which came early on. He finished with five strikeouts in 6-1/3 innings of work. Tony Chester finished the game off in relief.
Coach Chester said that the umpire was giving Rodriguez a nice target and he just kept nailing it. Chester also had a lot of praise for the efforts of his catcher, J.R. Camacho, who he said did a good job of framing where the pitches should land.
Kiona-Benton took an early 2-0 lead by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. The Greyhounds battled back, plating a pair of runs in the top of the second behind a two-run home run from Rodriguez.
The Bears countered with a three-run spot in the bottom of the third before Grandview exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth. Chester said his team was able to put a bat on the ball, stringing together several hits, which resulted in the bases being loaded at one point. Chester said one player who had a nice hit in the top of the third was Jeremy Stegeman, who was one of the bats that came around after being moved around in the Greyhounds' line-up.
Another key hit yesterday came from Marty Guillen, a freshman. Chester said that his players responded to their new spots in the line-up.
The Greyhounds were able to overcome three errors in the game.
Grandview (4-9, 4-9) will host Connell today (Wednesday) beginning at 4 p.m. The game is a continuation of Saturday's contest that was stopped because of rain. The game will pick up in the top of the third with the Eagles leading 8-3.