GRANDVIEW - Timely hits by Zillah and costly errors on the part of the Grandview High School varsity baseball team contributed to a 12-5 non-league win yesterday, Tuesday, by the visiting Leopards.
Once again it was one big inning that did the Greyhounds in, this time a third inning six-run effort by the Leopards was the culprit.
"We basically played the first three innings still in last weekend's funk," Grandview Coach Matt McKinstry said. "A lot of it had to do with attitude."
The Greyhounds committed eight errors in yesterday's game with two in the first inning proving costly. The 'Hounds were basically out of the inning until two errors allowed three runs to score. Instead of going to bat in the bottom half of the first tied at zero Grandview found itself down 3-0.
Zillah extended its lead in the top of the third when the Leopards broke out for six runs. Grandview's defense committed two errors and pitcher K.C. Flores issued two walks to help give up the runs.
Down 9-0, Grandview fought back and scored two runs in the bottom half of the third. Josh Bertsch reached first base for Grandview on a fielder's choice. He then made it to third base when the throw to first base was overthrown. A wild pitch brought him home.
Trey Greene also scored for Grandview in the inning. He was walked and then stole second. A wild pitch was also responsible for bringing him home.
Trent Mottice relieved Flores in the third inning and pitched well, despite giving up two runs in the top of the fourth. Down 11-3, the Greyhounds would get one back in the bottom of the fourth.
Isaak Alaniz led off with a walk for Grandview. Anthony Perez then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Alaniz over. He eventually scored on a Zillah error.
Grandview got two more runs in the fifth inning. Ryan Moore smacked a solo home run for the 'Hounds and then Alaniz came home on a Perez single to score his second run of the day.
Flores lasted two and one-third innings for the Greyhounds. He gave up two hits, struck out three and walked four. Mottice pitched the rest of the game for Grandview, giving up five hits, claiming seven strikeouts and walking two batters.
McKinstry said his team settled down after the third inning, noting that six of the eight errors committed by the Greyhounds happened in the first three innings, where most of the damage was done. The loss of two starting players to ineligibility also hurt his teams' morale, he said.
McKinstry did see some positives in the game, though.
"Moore hitting a home run was a big lift for us," he said. "Trent pitched well once he got out of the third inning. He came into a bad situation there."
McKinstry also noted the play of Alaniz and his freshman Perez.
"We have some bright spots to look forward to in the future," he added.
Grandview (2-8, 3-9) will travel to play East Valley this Saturday, April 18, for a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.