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Grandview earns first league victory

TOPPENISH - It was a tale of two very different games.

The Grandview Greyhound baseball team earned its first league win in a 22-5 romp over host Toppenish in the first game of a doubleheader this past Saturday.

Grandview bats went cold in the nightcap, though, as the Greyhounds mustered just two hits against the Wildcats in a 5-2 loss.

After scoring three runs in the first inning of the opener, Grandview gave pitcher Pablo Gonzalez all the support he would need with an eight-run outburst in the second inning.

The second stanza surge was fueled by a three-run triple off the bat of Ryan Moore.

Also participating in the game one hit parade - Grandview had 17 hits altogether - were Trent Mottice, 4-5, five RBI; Erik Sauve, 2-2, two RBI; Derek Swearingen, 3-5, two RBI; and K.C. Flores 3-5, two RBI.

Mottice came on in relief in the fourth inning and finished out the contest as Grandview's pitcher.

The win represented Grandview's first league victory, but the momentum didn't last long as the Greyhounds were stumped in game two.

"We lost focus and weren't disciplined," said Coach Matt McKinstry. "We gave them some outs and ran ourselves out of some innings by not running the bases correctly."

Sauve took the mound for Grandview in game two, pitching a complete game and surrendering just two earned runs.

After Toppenish scored two in the first inning, Grandview mustered single runs without a hit in the second and fourth innings to tie the game at 2-2.

Grandview's first score came when Gonzalez drew a walk, then advanced to third after a steal and errant throw. He scored on a sacrifice bunt laid down by Jacob Rinehart.

The other Greyhound run resulted when Swearingen was hit by a pitch, stole two bases and scored on a ground ball out put into play by Flores.

The only two Grandview hits in the nightcap were off the bat of Isaac Alaniz and Sauve.

Though Grandview was able to do just enough to stay close, Toppenish pulled away with a game-changing rally in the fifth inning that saw the Wildcats score three runs.

It was defense that let down the Greyhounds in the fifth frame.

"They should have only scored once," McKinstry said. He noted Grandview caught a Toppenish player in a run down, but couldn't secure the out because of a dropped ball. The coach said another Wildcat run came home on a two-base throwing error.

Grandview (1-6, 2-6) returns to action tomorrow, Tuesday, at Wapato.

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