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Lady 'Hounds rally past SCHS

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Sunnyside Christian shortstop Leah Bosma fields a throw from catcher Melanie Van Wingerden, as Grandview's Giovanni Gomez successfully steals second in yesterday's non-league fastpitch game.

GRANDVIEW - A see-saw affair tipped in Grandview's favor Thursday evening, as the Lady Greyhound fastpitch softball team rallied with two runs in the bottom of the last inning to squeak past the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights, 10-9.

Doris Lupercio and Roni Gamboa came up with the clutch hits in the final inning for Grandview.

Grandview Coach Doug Hansen liked what he saw yesterday.

"I think the key thing we did is learn what it takes to win. They're starting to believe," Hansen said.

The non-league game could have gone either way, as there were six lead changes.

Sunnyside Christian, playing its season opener on the road, drew first blood when Melanie Van Wingerden tripled home Leah Bosma in the top of the first. Van Wingerden finished 2-for-4 on the day.

The Lady 'Hounds didn't wait long to respond. In their half of the first, Gio Gomez and Kayla Gonzalez singled, and coupled with a pair of walks the Grandview squad went up 4-1.

The Lady Knights closed to within 4-3 in their next at-bat, thanks to a two-run triple by Abby Bangs.

Sunnyside Christian, after tying the game at 4-all with a single run in the top of the third, plated two more runs in the fourth frame to go up 6-4. Julie Long had a lead-off triple in the fourth, which was followed by a run-scoring triple off the bat of Naomi den Hoed and an RBI sac fly lofted to the outfield by Leah Bosma.

The roof fell in on the Lady Knights in the bottom of the fifth, as Grandview punched four runs across the plate without the benefit of a hit.

"We made several errors that inning," said SCHS Coach Sandy Harris. "It was kind of an ugly inning.

"But I was very pleased with the way we came back, scoring three runs two innings later, there in the seventh, to go up 9-8," she said.

The last inning rally by the Lady Knights was keyed by Bangs and Emma Newhouse, each of whom had an RBI triple, and by Hilari Bosma, who lashed an RBI double.

Grandview refused to fold, however, scoring two runs of its own in the bottom half of the seventh to eke out the 10-9 decision. Gamboa plated the winning run when she doubled over the head of the right fielder, scampering to third on a poor relay and then given home on an interference call.

Sarah Caskey had the only multi-hit performance for the Lady Greyhounds, going 2-for-3 on the day while scoring three times and driving in two runs. Sunnyside Christian's Bangs and Van Wingerden each had two hits.

"We had some really good things happen yesterday, especially it being our first game of the season," said the Sunnyside Christian coach, noting her club pounded out nine hits, seven of them for extra bases.

Harris said she was also pleased with the performance of hurler Hilari Bosma, who went the distance and scattered 10 hits along the way while fanning three and walking five.

Sunnyside Christian's home opener will be this coming Saturday against visiting Morton. Grandview will open 2A league play on Saturday at Toppenish.

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