SELAH - The Grandview High School fastpitch softball team advanced to the 2A Regional tournament as the CWAC's fourth seed after surviving a loser-out contest against East Valley this past Saturday in Selah.
Grandview used extra innings to outlast the Red Devils, but were then handed two blowout losses by Selah and Othello.
Against East Valley in the first game on Saturday the Greyhounds won 8-7 thanks to a home run by Marissa Caballero in the top of the eighth inning.
Grandview's MariCruz Sanchez got the nod for pitching duties and hurled the ball for all three Grandview games. In game one she threw eight innings, striking out six batters and walking four. Of the seven runs East Valley scored only four of them were earned.
Each team traded runs early on in the contest. Grandview scored first in the opening inning only to have the Red Devils take the lead in the bottom of the first when East Valley scored two runs. Grandview tied it in the top of the second and went ahead 3-2 in the top of the third, only to have East Valley post two more runs in the bottom half of the third to retake the lead 4-3.
Grandview was trailing 5-3 when the Greyhounds came up to bat in the seventh and final inning. Jamila Shafer doubled and then Sanchez was walked. A Rikki Verduzco single drove in Schafer to cut East Valley's lead to one run. After Sam Castaneda and Gabby Arreola each singled, Chelsie McNabb hit a three-run homer to put Grandview up by two runs.
East Valley fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh and forced extra innings, setting up Caballero for her heroics.
Grandview was led by Castaneda in game one with four hits. McNabb went 2-for-4 and Arreola was 2-for-5. Verduzco, Yarelli Pedroza, Jessica Hall, Caballero and Shafer all had one hit.
After securing a spot in this week's Regional tournament the Greyhounds played for seeding.
In the day's second game Grandview was beat up by Selah 14-2.
The Vikings scored two runs in the bottom of the first but Grandview came right back in the top of the second to tie things at 2-2.
McNabb singled and then Pedroza was struck out. Hall reached first base on an error and then Caballero brought home McNabb with a sacrifice fly. Shafer singled, bringing home Hall to end the inning's scoring.
In the third inning Sanchez took a ball to the leg, which shook her up. Grandview Coach Ramiro Gonzalez said she was never the same after that and lost her control. She finished the day pitching four innings, striking out four, giving up six hits, but walking 16 batters. She walked in 10 runs in the bottom of the third and Selah used two runs in the fourth to force the 10-run mercy rule after Grandview batted the opening of the fifth inning.
Shafer went 2-for-2 in the game. Both McNabb and Caballero were 1-for-2.
In the third and final game Grandview fell to Othello 19-1 to settle for the fourth seed.
Sanchez again pitched this contest, going all four innings and giving up only three hits and striking out one batter. The problems came in the free pass department. Sanchez gave up 21 walks in the game, most of them in the second inning.
The Huskies scored seven runs in the first and 11 more in the second to take a commanding 18-0 lead.
Grandview got one back in the fourth inning. Castaneda singled and the stole second base. An Arreola sacrifice fly moved her to third and then she came home when McNabb singled.
The Huskies added one more run in the bottom of the fourth and then forced the 10-run mercy rule after the Greyhounds batted in the top of the fifth.
Castaneda, McNabb, Pedroza and Shafer all had one hit.
"I'm really proud of the girls for getting through Districts and making it to the Regional tournament," Gonzalez said.
Grandview (13-10) will tackle the No. 1 seed from the Great Northern League in a loser-out, winner to state contest this Saturday, May 21, in Selah at 11 a.m. Grandview will take on West Valley of Spokane, who is undefeated at 22-0.
"Hopefully they overlook us and we can surprise them," Gonzalez said.