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Lady 'Hounds take two from Toppenish

TOPPENISH - Needing some victories to climb into the playoffs, the Grandview High School fastpitch team easily swept Toppenish yesterday to put two more Ws in the win column.

In the first game the Greyhounds scored three runs in the first inning and then went cold. The Wildcats took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with a five-run performance that gave Toppenish a 5-3 lead.

"Erica Solis pitched well but in the fourth inning she started having problems with her control," Grandview Coach Doug Hansen said.

Hansen sent in Ashley Alfaro to take over for Solis in the fourth inning and she pitched the rest of the game.

In the fifth inning the Greyhounds exploded for 10 runs to take a 13-5 lead.

Grandview had six hits in the inning and numerous walks. Olivia Macias hit a home run, bringing in two runs. Tina Fraga hit a two-run double and Gricelia Lupercio singled home two runs.

"There was some real key hitting in that inning," Hansen said.

Both teams added a run in the seventh but Grandview took the game 14-6.

Macias was 3-for-5 in the game. Gricelia Lupercio was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a two-run triple. Her sister Doris was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Erica Solis was 2-for-4.

Rachel Roberts, called up for her first varsity game, went 1-for-1 with an RBI in her first varsity at bat.

In the second game Alfaro again pitched and did very well. "Alfaro did great," Coach Hansen said. "She pitched a one-hitter and had four strikeouts."

Again, the Greyhounds played from behind. After three innings the Lady 'Hounds trailed 2-1 before scoring runs in the last four innings to seal the 7-3 win.

"Our defense played very well behind Ashley," Hansen added.

Doris Lupercio continued playing well in the second game. She went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Gricelia Lupercio was 3-for-3 with three runs and a triple. Rocky Rodriguez was 2-for-4 at the plate.

"We could have done better but we had a hard time adjusting to the slower pitching of Toppenish," Hansen said. "We've been playing some teams that throw very hard and it took some getting used to."

Grandview (4-6, 4-12) are tied with Ki-Be for the fourth spot in the CWAC South. The 'Hounds will play Ki-Be in Benton City Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m.

"If we can sweep them we'll probably host a playoff game but if we lose we'll have to travel somewhere," Hansen explained.

The Greyhounds' next game is with Sunnyside Christian Tuesday, May 9, at 4 p.m.

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