CONNELL - A long trip to Connell became even longer on the way back as the Grandview High School fastpitch team fell to the Lady Eagles Tuesday in a doubleheader, 9-1 and 9-5.
Erica Solis was on the mound for the 'Hounds and pitched a scoreless first and second inning. In the bottom of the third Solis got into some trouble.
She walked a couple of batters and gave up two hits. Combined with the defense committing two errors, the Connell team scored five runs in the bottom of the third for a 5-0 lead.
Connell added two more runs in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth.
Grandview Coach Doug Hansen said his girls managed five hits against one of the best pitchers in the league.
Grandview's lead-off hitter, Felisha Cruz, went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Rocky Rodriguez was 1-for-3, as was Olivia Macias, who also had an RBI. Gricelia Lupercio has a solid base hit up the middle. She went 1-for-3.
Chantel Booker, the pitcher for Connell, recorded 12 strikeouts.
"Since we held them scoreless for three of their six innings at bat, we were encouraged going into the second game," Hansen added.
Pitcher Ashley Alfaro started the game for the Lady 'Hounds in the nightcap and struggled early on. She gave up three runs in the first and six runs in the second. Solis then came in the game in the second inning and shut Connell down over the next four innings.
The Lady 'Hounds then woke up and their bats came alive but the damage had been done.
Grandview scored four runs in the fourth inning, using walks and timely hitting. They added one more run in the fifth inning.
Rodriguez was 2-for-4 and Solis went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Yessenia Bravo hit 1-for-3 and Doris Lupercio was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
The Greyhounds left six runners in scoring position on the bases during the second game.
"If we could have started the game throwing strikes and then gotten a couple of key hits with runners in scoring position we could have got a W," Hansen said. "Rocky Rodriguez played stellar defense for the 'Hounds with nine assists in the doubleheader. We are beginning to realize that we can compete with the good teams in our league."
Grandview (2-4, 2-9) will host East Valley this Friday, April 21, at 4 p.m.