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Greyhounds put scare into East Valley

MOXEE - Kevin Concienne nearly had enough to get it done for the Grandview High School baseball team this past weekend.

Unfortunately, Concienne just kind of ran out of gas in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against East Valley.

Kevin Smith's two-out double in the bottom of the seventh scored the game-winning run in the nightcap, pushing the Red Devils past Grandview 5-4.

"It was nice to see him come out and do something," said Grandview Coach Mike Chester of Concienne.

The win in the nightcap completed the sweep for the Red Devils, who won the opener 10-0 behind the arm of hurler Chase Livingston.

Chester said Concienne did a nice job in his complete-game outing. The Grizzly skipper said that Concienne is inconsistent sometimes and when that happens he usually drops his head. But Concienne kept his head up in the game on Saturday.

Despite the final score, the Greyhounds actually made a game of it in the opener. Grandview only trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. The Red Devils plated six runs in the opener in the fifth off hurler Tony Chester, which included a three-run bomb. East Valley then scored a pair in the bottom of the sixth to get the win.

The Red Devils had 10 hits in the opening game while Grandview only managed three. Chester said the problem for the Greyhounds in the opener was the pitching of Livingston, who had 10 strikeouts.

"We couldn't hit Livingston," said Chester.

The younger Chester did have a good game at the plate, going 2-for-3.

The Greyhounds ended up short of players in the nightcap when one of their star players, Rigo Rodriguez, had to leave. Chester said Rodriguez broke his nose during wrestling season and the injury is still been bothering him. Rodriguez ended up sneezing on Saturday and tore some cartilage and had to go to the hospital.

Being short of players didn't leave Chester with many options. Chester said he wanted to pull Concienne in the sixth inning when the Greyhounds were up 4-3.

Grandview got off to a strong start in the game when Brandon Artz hit a two-run homer in the top of the first. The Red Devils responded in the bottom of the frame. The Greyhounds regained the advantage, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third. The Red Devils rallied with lone runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Chester said the second game was a matter of timely hits. The Greyhound skipper estimates that Grandview left about 10 baserunners on during the game.

The Greyhound defense backed up Concienne's performance in the nightcap, particularly J.R. Camacho at third base.

"We played good defense," said Chester. "It was a team effort."

The Greyhounds (5-11, 5-11) host Naches today (Tuesday).

"The kids are looking good," said Chester. "We want to finish strong."

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