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Greyhounds finish season on a bright note

TOPPENISH - It was a good ending to a season filled with mixed highlights for the Grandview High School baseball team.

The Greyhounds finished their 2005 campaign with an 8-1 thumping of Toppenish.

"It was a patient game for us," said Grandview Coach Mike Chester.

The only run the Wildcats managed came off J.R. Camacho in the first inning. Tony Chester then pitched in relief and shut down the Wildcats the rest of the way, collecting six strikeouts while allowing only two of Toppenish's four hits.

The Greyhounds busted out the bats yesterday, collecting 10 hits. Grandview was led by Rigo Rodriguez's noteworthy 4-for-4 outing.

Chester said Grandview was able to string things together throughout the game, plating four runs apiece in the third and sixth innings. Chester said it also helped that the Toppenish pitching staff gave up 11 walks in the game.

"We came out and hit the ball, though," said Chester.

The future looks pretty good for the Greyhounds, who had big wins this season over such playoff teams as Connell and Kiona-Benton. Chester said it was the games Grandview should have won, such as a contest against Othello, that cost the Greyhounds the playoffs.

Chester, though, is looking forward to the summer baseball season.

"We are going to see if we can solidify some things," said Chester.

Chester is pleased with his program's defense and pitching. He says Grandview just needs to bring the bats around.

Chester loses only one senior, Ruben Cardenas, to graduation. Chester is excited about the prospect of returning all five of his pitchers next year.

"The kids know we can compete with anybody," said Chester.

The Greyhounds finished their 2005 campaign with a 6-12 league mark and 6-14 overall.

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