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Grandview twin bill split gives Lady 'Hounds fifth place finish in CWAC league standings

PROSSER - The Grandview High School softball team played its last doubleheader of the CWAC regular season, splitting with the Prosser Mustangs and settling for fifth place in the league.

The Greyhounds will now play East Valley in a loser-out District game on Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m. If Grandview wins, they will play another two games that day to finalize seedings for the Regional tournament.

Grandview won the first game of last night's doubleheader 3-1.

Pitcher Ashley Van Tress held Prosser to just two hits in the contest, while throwing nine strikeouts and walking two batters. Van Tress finished the contest without giving up any earned runs.

The Lady Greyhounds scored one run in the first inning of play. Samanta Castaneda singled and then stole second and third bases. She came home on a passed ball.

Grandview scored two more runs in the third innings. After starting the inning with a strikeout, Gabriela Arreola singled to get to first base. Castaneda tripled, driving in Arreola. Chelsie McNabb came up and singled, driving in Castaneda.

Up 3-0, Grandview allowed Prosser to score a run in the fifth inning, but then clamped down and held the Mustangs scoreless the rest of the way.

Castaneda was 2-for-2 in the contest with an RBI and a triple. McNabb was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Arreola finished the game 1-for-4.

In game two the Greyhounds lost 11-9.

Grandview Coach Ramiro Gonzalez said the Mustangs were able to get the timing down on Van Tress' pitches. The Lady Greyhounds also made a slew of errors, which ultimately cost them the game.

Both teams scored two runs in the first inning, but Grandview added one each in the second and third to lead 4-2. In the bottom of the fourth Prosser scored three runs, but Grandview tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth.

The Greyhounds went ahead in the top of the sixth when Grandview scored two runs, but Prosser exploded for six runs in the bottom half to lead 11-7.

"There were a lot of mental errors in that inning," Gonzalez said.

Grandview gave up a triple to start the bottom of the sixth, but then forced a fly out that kept the Prosser runner at third base. Grandview then committed two infield errors that Gonzalez said should have been outs. Instead of getting out of the inning unscathed, Grandview found themselves behind by four runs with one inning left.

After scoring two more runs in the top of the seventh Grandview had the bases loaded with two outs. A single would have tied the game, but a Grandview runner was tagged out at home on a passed ball.

Van Tress pitched the second game, giving up nine hits and striking out one batter. Only four of Prosser's 11 runs were earned.

Van Tress also had three hits in the game, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs, a double and a triple. She also scored two runs.

Grandview's Jamila Shafer was 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Rikki Verduzco went 1-for-1 at the plate for the Greyhounds and had an RBI and scored one run. Madison Trevino hit 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a double. McNabb was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a double and a run scored.

Grandview's Yarelli Pedroza went 1-for-2 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Marissa Caballero was 2-for-4 with one run scored. MariCruz Sanchez was 1-for-3. Jessica Hall hit 1-for-3. Castaneda was 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

The Greyhounds finish the regular part of the schedule with a record of 12-8.

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