GRANDVIEW - For the first time in nearly a decade the Grandview baseball team will advance to the CWAC District tourney.
The Greyhounds punched their ticket to the playoffs with a 7-2 preliminary win over Cascade of Leavenworth on Saturday.
"I've been here eight years and I can't remember Grandview making it to Districts," said Coach Mike Chester, who said the Greyhounds did make it to a preliminary playoff game seven years ago.
The home game, a loser-out contest, started slowly for the 'Hounds.
Cascade clung to a 1-0 lead after two innings, before Grandview broke through in the third for a pair of runs. Leading 2-1, Grandview then put the game away in the fourth with a four-run rally.
The surge was sparked by a two-run double by Joel Ledesma Jr.
"It was a good win, the boys did well," Chester said of the Greyhounds. "They (Cascade) had a pretty good pitcher who threw strikes on the first pitch. Our problem (through the first two innings) is that we were looking at it instead of swinging," Chester explained. "Once we started hitting his fastball he had to go to his curveball, which wasn't working for him."
Leading Grandview's hit parade was Tony Chester, who had a 2-for-4 day at the plate. In addition, Andrew Tucker was 2-for-3.
Kevin Concienne got the start atop the hill for Grandview, throwing five innings and issuing no earned runs.
Grandview now advances to the District tourney tomorrow, Tuesday, when they take on host and top seed Ephrata.
"It's a big game against a good team," Coach Mike Chester said of the contest at Ephrata. "It's going to be an uphill battle."
Chester added that getting to District is great, but the 'Hounds are hoping for more.
"It's been awhile since Grandview baseball played this late into May, but we want to go further," he said. "It's something that we've been working for and hoping for for some time. I'm glad the kids are getting rewarded for their hard work."
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