GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhound baseball team opened season play yesterday (Thursday) with a 15-5 shellacking of the White Swan Cougars.
The 15 runs came courtesy of 14 Grandview hits, something Grandview Coach Matt McKinstry said his team has been working on.
"We went to a hitting clinic last Friday and that really helped us," McKinstry said. "We hit the ball pretty well. We still have some things to work on but we're a lot better."
The game really centered around the second and third innings, when Grandview erupted for 11 runs.
Led by Erik Sauve (4-for-5, four runs, six RBIs, a double and one home run) the Greyhounds scored five runs in the second inning. McKinstry said the White Swan pitcher had trouble in that inning, hitting two batters. Sauve came up to bat with the bases loaded in the inning and hit a double, driving in two runs.
"We had timely hitting in that inning," McKinstry said.
In the third inning it was Anthony Perez who got the Greyhounds rolling. He hit a double and then stole third base. Perez came home on a wild pitch.
Grandview's Ryan Moore walked and then stole second. After the White Swan pitcher hit two batters to load the bases, Trey Greene hit a two-run double. More Grandview players scored on passed balls.
K.C. Flores pitched the first two and two-thirds innings, allowing no earned runs and just two hits. Flores also walked two batters.
"K.C. pitched real well in the first two innings," McKinstry said. "He threw a lot of strikes."
The Cougars were able to get five runs in the third inning. Flores issued a couple of walks and then the Greyhound defense committed some errors, allowing White Swan to get on the score board.
Trent Mottice relieved Flores with two outs in the third and got the final out. In the fourth inning Mottice gave up a single but then got the next batter to ground into a double play. Mottice then struck out the next batter to end the fourth.
Mottice went 2-for-3 at the plate, with two RBIs and one run. Greene was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Anthony Perez batted 2-for-4, as well, and had a double, one RBI and three runs scored.
Also getting a hit for the Greyhounds was Abel Valenzuela, who went 1-for-1 with one run scored. Flores was 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored. Derek Swearingen was 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored, and Jacob Rinehart was 1-for-3 with one run scored.
Rodrigo Alvarado got two hits and Joshua Pruneda got one hit in the game for White Swan.
"You eliminate those five unearned runs in the third inning and it would have been a pretty well-played game," McKinstry said. "Overall, we played well."
McKinstry credited Moore, who played catcher the entire game, with getting the team settled back down after the third inning.
Grandview (1-0) will get a true test to see where they are at compared to the rest of the competition in the CWAC League. The Greyhounds will travel to Othello on Saturday, March 20, for a doubleheader with the Huskies. The first game begins at 11 a.m.