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Ki-Be sweeps Greyhounds in league opener

BENTON CITY - Grandview High School's baseball team couldn't overcome fielding errors and pitching control difficulties in 9-4 and 13-3 CWAC South losses to Kiona-Benton this past Saturday.

Grandview grabbed a 3-0 lead in the opener on Joel Ledesma's two-run double in the third and a solo home run in the fourth by J.R. Camacho.

Greyhound ace Tony Chester (1-1) made the lead stand up through five innings of shutout baseball against Ki-Be.

The Bears broke through for all nine of their runs, four of them unearned, in the bottom of the sixth. In the inning, Ki-Be coaxed four walks and did all of its damage with just five hits.

"We just couldn't find strikes," said Coach Mike Chester. "When you give up the walks all the other team needs is a base hit."

The control struggles continued as the Greyhounds were ten-runned in a five-inning nightcap. Grandview starter Kevin Concienne (0-1) surrendered six free passes and five earned runs in one and one-third innings of work.

Rigo Rodriguez, who pounded a two-run homer in the second inning, relieved for the final three-and-a-third innings. In the field, Grandview surrendered three errors for two unearned Ki-Be runs.

"It's a matter of accuracy," Chester said of pitching control. "That comes being able to throw a lot of innings."

At the same time, the coach said he was pleased with Grandview's offensive production.

"The hitting is coming around," he said. "I think we're going to be all right. We should be up to par by the Connell game."

Grandview (0-2, 1-3) hosts Connell this Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

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Chester, Stegeman 6, Rodriguez and Camacho.

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Concienne, Rodriguez 2 and Camacho.

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