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'Hounds just miss State baseball berth

After breaking out the bats and committing just one error in a 12-8 win at Cashmere this past Friday, Grandview's baseball team forged an early 3-1 lead over Omak in a winner-to-state contest at Ephrata on Saturday.

Momentum and the lead, thanks to Adrian Jasso's three-run homer, were on Grandview's side, as the Greyhounds edged closer to the rare air of a State playoff berth.

But the dream came crashing down as four Grandview errors in the second inning led to three unearned runs in Omak's 9-6 victory.

"They were just easy balls that we booted," said Coach Mike Chester. "One kid got a ground ball right between his legs and another hit a kid in the chest."

At the same time, he gave host Omak its due.

"They came out and hit the ball hard," Chester said.

Total damage in the second was seven Omak runs on just six hits. More importantly, the damage was done to Grandview's State hopes.

Trailing 8-3, the 'Hounds tried to make it a game with a three-run third inning, on the strength of a two-run double by Rigo Rodriguez.

But it proved too little, too late for Grandview.

"We were plugging away and stayed in it," said Chester. "We didn't make any more errors after that, but the ones we made were enough to put us under."

Chester said his team was brokenhearted after the near-miss shot at State, but he and his returning players are looking at it as a building block.

"I'm proud of what they've done this year, the seniors have put in the time the past four years to get us to this point," said Chester. "We had the chance to do what no Grandview team has done in a long time, so we'll use that as a stepping stone for next year."

Chester said the District playoff run also enabled the 'Hounds to beat up on teams that in the past have beaten them.

"(We) know we can compete against these teams and have gotten to know what the playoff pressure is like," he said.

Chester said the momentum will continue this summer as some of the players are planning to compete in summer baseball.

Grandview ended the season at 8-10 in league and 11-13 overall.

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