'Hounds give East Valley all it can handle

GRANDVIEW - For 12 innings the Grandview Greyhound baseball team went toe to toe with visiting East Valley this past Saturday before falling twice, 6-4 and 8-1.

In the opener, Grandview grabbed a 2-1 first inning lead when K.C. Flores smacked a two-run homer.

The Red Devils responded with two in the second inning and Grandview answered with a run in the home half of the third inning on an RBI single off the bat of Flores.

The chess match left both teams tied at 3-3 through four innings.

The fifth frame looked it might stay close as Grandview pitcher Trent Mottice struck out the East Valley lead-off batter.

But the Red Devils followed with back-to-back doubles to spark a two-run rally. That put East Valley up 5-3 and the visitors never looked back.

Grandview tacked on a run in the home half of the fifth inning when Erik Sauve delivered a run-scoring base hit.

The Greyhounds, outhit for the game 9 to 5, then saw East Valley ice the game in the sixth inning with a run.

As close as the first game was, the nightcap was an even more taut affair.

East Valley pushed across a run in third inning and Grandview answered with a single score in the bottom of the fourth when Flores reached base with a hit, then eventually came around to score. The play that brought Flores home was actually a strikeout as the East Valley catcher lost the ball in the dirt, then fired a poor throw to first base.

That was it through five innings as the CWAC rivals remained deadlocked at 1-1. Aiding the Grandview cause were pitchers Pablo Gonzalez and Derek Swearingen, who kept the Greyhounds close.

That all changed in the sixth inning when East Valley scored four runs. The Red Devils then scored three more insurance runs in the seventh to earn the win.

Grandview Coach Matt McKinstry said he had a feeling the tide was turning in the sixth inning.

"As soon as we took the field in the sixth inning we looked flat," he said. "I don't know why, but for some reason we were deflated after the fifth inning."

Whatever the reason for Grandview's loss of spirit, the result was a closer-than-it-looked 8-1 loss.

"I was disappointed that we played 12 solid innings on the day and to perform like that for the last two innings was frustrating because we had played so well up to that point," McKinstry said.

The coach noted his players committed just one error for the two games combined.

"We competed well and gave ourselves a chance to scratch back until the last two innings."

Flores was a bright spot on the day for Grandview, as he was 4-for-5 at the plate over the two games combined and accounted for almost half of Grandview's nine collective hits.

The Greyhounds (3-9, 4-10) travel to play at Lower Valley rival Prosser tomorrow, Tuesday.


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