GRANDVIEW - After opening the season with three straight wins the Grandview High School softball team began the tough part of its schedule with a doubleheader against the Selah Vikings this past Saturday.
It was a wake-up call for the Greyhounds, as Selah swept the doubleheader by scores of 12-2 and 18-6.
"They're a tough team," Grandview Coach Ramiro Gonzalez said. "They had some good pitching and were smacking the ball pretty good. They kind of brought us back to earth."
The Greyhounds got runs in the first inning of the first game from Jamila Shafer and Chelsie McNabb, but couldn't add anymore to the total.
Ashley Van Tress pitched for Grandview and she struggled early in the game, throwing three walks in the first inning as Selah quickly tied the game at 2-2.
The Vikings added two more runs in both the second and third innings of play. One more run was added in the fourth inning and then Selah broke out for five runs in the fifth to force an end to the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Van Tress gave up eight hits in the game, but made the Vikings work for it. She allowed two doubles, but the rest of the base hits were singles. She walked four batters and threw two strikouts.
Shafer was 1-for-2 in the game, as was McNabb. Yarelli Pedroza got Grandview's other hit.
In the nightcap Selah really poured it on, beating the Greyhounds 18-6 and ending the game in the sixth inning.
MariCruz Sanchez started the game on the mound for the Greyhounds and she was knocked around for six hits, which resulted in six runs for Selah. After one and two-thirds innings she was pulled in favor of Van Tress, who gave up 10 hits over the next four and one-third innings.
Selah would score 12 more runs on Van Tress, but only six of them were earned.
The Vikings scored four runs in the first inning, but Grandview got four back in the second and added two more in the fifth. Selah put up two runs in the second and four more each in the third, fifth and sixth innings.
Shafer, Gabriela Arreola, Rikki Verduzco and Jessica Hall all were 1-for-4 for the Greyhounds. McNabb was 2-for-3.
Grandview (2-2, 3-2) will play Columbia-Burbank at Burbank tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4 p.m.