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Lady 'Hounds sweep Ephrata Tigers

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Ending the top of the third inning with Grandview's eighth run in last night's opening game against Ephrata is Jessica Hall. She brought the score to 8-2 with this slide into home plate.

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhound fastpitch team had reason to celebrate last night. The team hosted Ephrata in a twin bill and earned sixth place in the CWAC, winning the doubleheader 14-13 and 9-7.

"This was an exciting game with numerous lead changes," Grandview Coach Doug Hansen said of the opener.

Grandview led the Tigers 5-2 after the first inning. The Lady 'Hounds widened the lead in the third inning, securing three more runs.

Ephrata wasn't going to be quieted and "came roaring back" with five runs in the fourth inning and took a 9-8 lead in the fifth inning.

"The never-say-die Lady Greyhounds answered with a six-spot to go up 14-9," Hansen said of the bottom of that inning.

The Tigers didn't go gently and scored another two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Lady 'Hound catcher Rachel Roberts dove to catch a foul ball to preventing the visiting team's runner on third base from tying the game.

The game ended with a forced pop-up to Grandview first baseman Jessica Hall, clinching the win.

Teammates Christina Mendoza and Ashley Van Tress of Grandview shared pitching duties during the opener, with Van Tress taking over the mound in the fifth inning.

In the opener, Van Tress and Doris Lupercio each scored three runs. Both were 1-for-2 at bat, with an RBI by Van Tress and two RBIs from Luperico. Lupercio hit a double, as well.

Vanessa Medina was 2-for-5 batting and scored two runs; Michaela Gonzalez went 2-for-4 at bat, scored two runs and had two RBIs; and Giovani Gomez scored one run and was 2-for-4 batting for the Lady 'Hounds. Christina Mendoza rounded out the Grandview hitters going 1-for-2 at bat.

The nightcap began with a dismal start for Grandview. The Lady 'Hounds fell behind 6-1 by the bottom of the third inning, but plated three runs in that inning and another three in the fourth inning to jump ahead of the Tigers.

Four runs were driven in by Van Tress with a triple in the third inning and a two-run single in the fourth inning.

She pitched into the third inning, when Mendoza took to the mound.

Mendoza was able to halt Ephrata's rally with help from a 5-3-2 double play.

Mendoza, Gomez and Medina stepped up to bat in the fifth inning and the Lady 'Hounds were able to score two more runs to hold on to a 9-7 win.

Gomez was the top scorer for Grandview in the nightcap with three runs. She was 3-for-3 at bat.

Medina and Van Tress each scored two runs, with Medina going 3-for-4 at bat and Van Tress 2-for-4 batting.

Lupercio was 1-for-4 at bat and scored one run; Gonzalez was 2-for-4 batting with three RBIs and Mendoza was 1-for-3 batting. Teammate Monica Walls hit 1-for-3.

The Lady 'Hounds concluded the regular season with an 8-10 CWAC record and a 9-11 overall record.

They will again host Ephrata, the number 7 team in the league, next Tuesday for a game play-in to the District tourney, scheduled to start the next day.

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