OTHELLO - The Grandview High School fastpitch softball team traveled to Othello this past Saturday to take on the Huskies in a CWAC league doubleheader.
Othello is the second straight 2010 State qualifying team the Greyhounds have had to play and the Huskies used their skill and experience to beat Grandview 16-6 and 14-7.
"The conditions were really bad," Grandview Coach Ramiro Gonzalez said. "It was very windy. We haven't seen these conditions this season."
Besides the windy conditions, the Greyhounds were without four varsity players due to Spring Break. This forced Gonzalez to call up junior varsity players to fill the gaps.
This caused an environment that was rich with Grandview errors. The Greyhounds committed seven errors in game one and another nine in the nightcap.
Ashley Van Tress pitched both games for Grandview. In game one she allowed five earned runs on nine hits and one walk. She fanned four batters in the opening game, but also gave up a three-run homer to Brenda Martinez.
Of the 16 runs Othello scored in game one only five of those were earned.
The Greyhounds scored first, putting up three runs in the top of the first inning in game one. Samanta Castaneda doubled to lead off the inning and then Gabby Arreola singled. With runners on first and third, Arreola stole second base to take away the double play opportunity.
Van Tress then singled, which scored Castaneda. Two sacrifice ground balls to the shortstop brought home Arreola and Van Tress.
The Huskies got two runs back in the bottom of the second. Othello then scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings to take an 8-3 lead.
In the fifth inning Grandview cut the lead to 8-6 with three runs scored in the top of the inning.
Castaneda, Arreola and Van Tress all singled to lead off the inning, with Van Tress' hit bringing home Castaneda. Chelsie McNabb got her second sacrifice RBI when she hit the ball to the shortstop, bringing home Arreola. A Yarelli Pedroza single brought home Van Tress.
Othello added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and six runs in the sixth to force the 10-run mercy rule.
Arreola led the Greyhounds in the first game with two hits. Van Tress was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Castaneda was 1-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Pedroza was 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Rikki Verduzco finished 1-for-2.
In the nightcap the errors kept piling up for the Greyhounds. Grandview committed nine of them and of the 14 runs scored by the Huskies, only two of them were earned.
Van Tress gave up 11 hits in the game, walking five batters and striking out two.
Gonzalez said the errors Grandview committed in both games came at the worst times. A usual scenario would have the Greyhounds in the outfield with two outs and Othello runners on base. Grandview would commit an error, which would allow Othello to score and keep the inning alive.
In game two Grandview scored one run each in the first, second and third innings. Othello countered with a run in the first, four runs in the second and six runs in the third.
Grandview got three back in the fourth inning. Marissa Caballero walked to lead off the inning. After the next two Greyhound batters were thrown out, Castaneda was hit by a pitch, as was Arreola in the next at-bat. This loaded the bases and Van Tress singled, which drove in Caballero. Castaneda and Arreola made it home on passed balls.
Othello scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and Grandview added one more in the top of the seventh to account for the 14-7 score.
The Greyhounds managed only four hits in the nightcap. Jamila Shafer was 1-for-4. McNabb was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Pedroza was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Van Tress rounded out the hitting by going 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
"We scored in every inning except the fifth and sixth," Gonzalez said. "We can score on these tough teams. When our defense comes together we will be able to play them closer."
Gonzalez is happy with his pitching, but would like more defensive support.
"We just need to work on the little things we're making mistakes on," he added.
Grandview (2-4, 4-4) will travel to play Ellensburg in a league doubleheader on Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs will be the third straight 2A State contender the Greyhounds will have faced.