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Greyhounds win in seventh inning

WAPATO - Saturday's doubleheader that pinned the Grandview Greyhounds against the Wapato Wolves was reduced to one game due to rain, but the Greyhounds came out on top, walking away with an 11-9 win.

But victory was hard earned for the Greyhounds. They led the game in the bottom of the third, with pitcher Erik Sauve holding the Wolves to two runs. Sauve also had six strike outs and pitched four complete innings.

In the fifth inning, Sauve was taken out and replaced with Derek Swearingen. It was a costly move as Wapato's hitters took advantage of Swearingen's control issues and drove in five runs in the top of the fifth, leaving Grandview trailing 8-6.

Swearingen was replaced by Anthony Perez, who ended the fifth inning and allowed the Wolves only one more run the rest of the game.

Despite trailing the Wolves, Grandview's batters came through in the bottom of the seventh to drive in five more runs and give Grandview its second league victory of the season.

Helping them along the way was Perez, who went two-for-four with a triple and two RBIs; Chet Bardwell, who was three-for-four with 2 RBIs; Sauve went two-for-five with a double and three RBIs; and Swearingen was one-for-two with a double and one RBI.

Grandview had two errors, but stole three bases in the game. Two steals went to Sauve, which brings his season total to six.

"Erik (Sauve) also had some nice plays at short stop," revealed Grandview Coach Matt McKinstry, who moved Sauve to that position after replacing him on the pitcher's mound.

Grandview and Wapato played to the top of the fifth inning of the second game before it was canceled due to rain. McKinstry said the game will be played if there is a need for a tie breaker.

Grandview (2-2, 2-3) will travel to Quincy to face the Jackrabbits on Tuesday.

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