GRANDVIEW - Even Grandview High School baseball coach Mike Chester will tell you that Othello has had its way with the Greyhounds for years in baseball. Well, last night, the Huskies probably left Grandview with a new found respect for Greyhound baseball.
Othello traveled to Grandview yesterday for what was both teams' Central Washington Athletic Conference (CWAC) season opener. The Huskies limped away with an 8-6 victory.
"The kids just kept fighting," said Chester of his group.
Chester said both teams played well yesterday.
Both Othello and Grandview posted runs in the first inning. The Huskies looked as if they were going to run away with the game after blasting a two-run homer in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead.
The Huskies nickeled and dimed Grandview the rest of the way, scoring two runs in the fifth and a run each in the sixth and seventh frames. The two runs by Othello in the fifth inning came off a pair of singles and two walks.
The Greyhounds started to make their climb back into the game in the bottom of the fifth. Joel Ledesma started things for the Greyhounds with a single and then stole his way around to third before scoring off a sharply hit single up the middle by Kevin Concienne.
The two big innings for the Greyhounds would come in the sixth and seventh frames. After a base hit, Grandview's Rigo Rodriguez moved over to second base off a sac fly from Tony Chester. J.R. Camacho then ripped a double to plate Rodriguez. Jeremy Stegeman gave Grandview its last run of the sixth inning with a single to score Camacho.
Othello racked a run up in the seventh inning after Grandview gave up a walk, single and a passed ball.
In the bottom of the seventh, Ledesma singled and then stole second to start things off. Concienne got aboard on a single to move Ledesma over to third. Rodriguez then plated Ledesma with his single. Concienne then was able to score off a play involving Rodriguez stealing second.
Grandview and Othello had 11 hits apiece in the game with no errors by either team.
"It was the first league game for both teams and Othello is always strong," said Chester. "I am really pleased with the way our guys came back. If we (could have) limited giving up walks we might have won this game."
The Greyhounds (0-1, 0-1) host Kiona-Benton this Saturday for a league twin bill.
"I expect it to be tough," said Chester. "They hit the ball well."
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E
Othello 1 0 3 0 2 1 1 8 11 0
Grandview 1 0 0 0 1 2 2 6 11 0