GV girls play to two draws in weekend jamboree


Erica Solis pitches to a Wapato player in Saturday's contest. She gave up four hits, five walks and four earned runs.

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview girls softball team came from behind in both of their games during this past weekend's jamboree to tie both Wapato and Prosser from the Mid-Valley League.

The score was 4-4 for both of the mini three-inning contests, staged on the Lady Greyhound's home field

One strong point Grandview Coach Doug Hansen noted was his starting pitcher Erica Solis. "She hasn't played for a couple of years and she has a lot of potential," he said. "She had too many walks in the first two games but she pitched pretty good for not pitching in a while."

Hansen credited this with Solis spending her Sundays over the month of January and February at the Eishenhower pitching clinic put on by the fast pitch softball association in Yakima. He added he would like to see her get the walks down to one walk per seven innings.

Solis gave up four hits and five walks in her debut game.

Wapato went up by two runs in the first inning before Grandview catcher Felisha Cruz, a 2A CWAC first team all league player last year, scored a run to make it 2-1. Cruz finished the first game with one run and one RBI despite a 0-1 performance with one walk.

Rebecca Rodriguez scored for the Lady Greyhounds to tie the score at 2-2 before the first inning ended.

After Wapato scored two more runs in the second inning, Tina Fraga brought Grandview to within one with her run. Fraga finished the game hitting 2-for-2 with one double with an RBI. Wapato went scoreless in the top of the third and Grandview rallied in the bottom of the inning to tie the game when Doris Lupercio came home off of Frago's RBI with two outs. Wapato got the final out after that and the game ended with the score tied at 4.

In the next game Prosser took advantage of a couple of hits and three walks to score all four of its runs in the second inning to take a 4-1 lead. Grandview's Rocky Rodriguez had put the Greyhounds up by one in the bottom of the first inning when she scored a run. She finished the second game hitting 1-for-1 with one walk and two runs.

After Prosser went up 4-1, Grandview again came back, this time in the bottom of the second.

Olivia Macias hit a double with the bases loaded to bring home Cruz, Rodriguez and Vanessa Medina. That made the score 4-4 heading into the final inning.

After Prosser was unable to do anything, Grandview put the winning run on base in the bottom of the third with one out before the last two batters struck out to end the game.

Hansen said he was happy with the way his girls played.

"There were a lot of encouraging things I saw," he said. "We hit the ball very hard a number of times. We're working on hitting and I think we're going to get better and better."

Hansen said there are seven teams in the CWAC South division and Grandview must finish in at least fourth place to make it to the District tournament.

"I think it's a reasonable goal," he said.

Grandview will host Sunnyside High School this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. for its first regulation length game of the season and will have a doubleheader on Friday at Wapato starting at 3 p.m.


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