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Van Tress powers Grandview past Ephrata

GRANDVIEW - Lady Greyhound softball pitcher Ashley Van Tress struck out 11 Ephrata batters in two games and went 4-for-6 at the plate to rally Grandview to a doubleheader split against Ephrata last Saturday.

Early on it looked like it was going to be Ephrata's day, as the visiting Tigers pounded out a 12-4 win over Grandview in game one. Ephrata led 10-1 and never looked back.

Van Tress stole three bases in game one, while teammate Yareli Pedroza was 2-for-3 at the plate in the opener. Destiny Zavala and Brenda Ruiz smacked a double and triple, respectively, for Grandview in game one's loss.

"We got down early in the first game and couldn't recover," said Coach Ramiro Gonzalez. "We settled down after the first game, we were putting the ball in play and getting in scoring position."

That was indeed the case as Grandview grabbed a 4-2 lead in the first inning of game two and never looked back. The Lady Greyhounds' big first frame was keyed by a two-run double by Van Tress, one of the junior's three doubles in the nightcap.

After Ephrata tied the contest in the top of the third inning, Grandview answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to go up 7-4. The Tigers hung tough, knotting the contest again at 8-8 before Grandview pulled out the 9-8 win.

Zavala was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate in game two, while Pedroza and Rikki Verduzco each stole a base for Grandview in the second contest.

"We really played like a team in the second game, which was exciting," Gonzalez said. "Ashley displayed some of her power with a few extra base hits. Yareli continues to raise her batting average, producing multiple hits."

Grandview (5-9, 6-9) hosts 2B DeSales, a top-four team in the state each of the past two seasons, this coming Thursday in a non-league softball game.

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