QUINCY - The Grandview Lady Greyhound softball team snapped a six-game losing streak yesterday with a pair of victories at Quincy.
Tuesday's CWAC twin bill saw Grandview rally from a first-inning deficit in the opener to claim a 13-5 victory. Pitcher Ashley Van Tress struck out five Jackrabbit batters and collected two hits at the plate for Grandview.
Gabriela Arreola and Yareli Pedroza also collected two hits for the Lady Greyhounds in game one.
In a sign of things to come, Grandview put the opener away with five runs in the top of the seventh inning to ice the victory.
Game two was a much closer affair, with Grandview and Quincy battling to a 6-6 tie through the first six innings.
Grandview scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the seventh and final inning when Van Tress smacked a triple to score Samanta Castaneda, who had also tripled.
Arreola then added an insurance run for the Lady Greyhounds when she hit a sacrifice grounder to bring home Van Tress.
Van Tress then held the Jackrabbits scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the 8-6 win. The Grandview hurler also struck out five batters in the nightcap.
Verduzco, Van Tress, Pedroza and Castaneda all slapped two hits in the second game.
The sweep improves Grandview's record to 4-6 in league play and 5-6 overall. The Lady Greyhounds had lost the previous six games, all to State tourney teams from a year ago.
"We were able to hit the ball hard and produce runs," said Coach Ramiro Gonzalez. "I am proud of the girls for battling and getting the job done."
He noted that Van Tress continues to be the "workhorse on the mound" for Grandview and the team's leader.
Even with yesterday's victories there is still plenty of work to do, Gonzalez added.
"There is lots of room for improvement and we will focus on the little things that will help us produce more runs and give up fewer unearned runs," he said, noting eight errors yesterday accounted for much of Quincy's scoring.
Grandview will have more than a week to make those improvements before its next contest, as the Lady Greyhounds don't return to action until Thursday, April 19, at East Valley.