EPHRATA - The Grandview High School softball team took a step closer to solidifying a spot in the playoffs with a sweep of the Ephrata Tigers this past weekend.
The two wins even Grandview's CWAC record at 7-7 and puts the Lady 'Hounds in the number six spot in the standings. The top six teams move into the postseason.
Grandview rode the arm of Ashley Van Tress in both games on Saturday. She pitched six innings in game one, fanning nine and walking none, while allowing seven hits in the 17-6 win.
"Our pitching is good," Grandview Coach Ramiro Gonzalez said. "We'll be going with Ashley the rest of the way."
The Grandview offense was on fire in game one, belting out 18 hits and forcing the 10-run mercy rule after six innings of play.
Ephrata scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning to go ahead 2-1. Grandview then exploded for six runs in the second inning. After the Tigers posted two runs in the bottom of the third to cut Grandview's lead to 7-4, the Lady Greyhounds put up 10 runs in the next three innings to walk away with the game.
Chelsie McNabb led the Greyhounds by going 3-for-4 at the plate. She recorded four RBIs and scored twice. Van Tress also had three hits, going 3-for 5 with four RBIs. She also crossed home plate twice.
Grandview's Jamila Shafer went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Madison Trevino was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. One of Trevino's hits was a triple. Yarelli Pedroza was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Marissa Caballero went 2-for-4 with an RBI and one run scored. Samanta Castaneda was 2-for-2 with an RBI and three runs scored. Gabriela Arreola was 1-for-2 with an RBI and one run scored. Jessica Hall went 1-for-3 with a double and one run scored.
Game two lasted the whole seven innings, but the Greyhounds built up an early lead to hold off a late Ephrata charge to win the game 16-10.
Van Tress again pitched a complete game, striking out five batters and walking two. She gave up 13 hits in the nightcap and only six of the 10 runs scored by the Tigers were earned. Van Tress now has a season ERA of 3.02.
The Tigers jumped all over Grandview in the first inning. The Greyhounds had taken a 1-0 lead, but the Tigers struck back for four runs in the bottom half.
Grandview got three runs in the top of the second to tie the score at 4-4. After holding the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the second, Grandview scored three more runs in the third inning and one in the fourth to go ahead 8-4.
In the next three innings of play Grandview put up eight runs. Ephrata scored one run in the fifth and rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh, but ran out of gas before they could complete the comeback.
The Greyhounds again had a good game at the plate, pounding out 17 hits in game two.
McNabb led the team by going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Hall was 3-for-6 with two RBIs and one run scored. Arreola went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Pedroza went 2-for-5 with an RBI and one run scored. Castaneda was 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Van Tress hit 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Shafer had one hit and one run scored. Teammate Trevino was 1-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored. Caballero also went 1-for-4 with one run scored.
Grandview (9-7) will have the week off to prepare to host the Toppenish Wildcats on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m.