GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds grabbed a 6-1 first inning lead and never let up in a 15-5 non-league win over visiting Sunnyside yesterday, Thursday.
Sunnyside's run in the first frame was on an RBI double by Rosa Garza, while Grandview's rally in the bottom of the inning was fueled by control problems for Lady Grizzly pitching. All told, Sunnyside pitchers issued five walks and hit two batters.
Yareli Pedroza smacked a clutch single in the second inning to make it 7-1 in favor of Grandview.
The Lady Greyhounds increased their advantage to 11-1 in the third frame on a RBI hit by pitcher Ashley Van Tress.
Sunnyside rallied for a pair of runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. The Lady Grizzly runs in the fourth came off of Grandview fielding errors and Sunnyside got on the board in the fifth frame thanks to a two-RBI single by Johanna Chumley.
Grandview made it 13-5 in the bottom of the fifth when Jazzmine Cruz smacked a two-run single.
Scoring closed out in the sixth inning, when Grandview plated two runs.
Van Tress struck out eight batters for Grandview, earning the praise of Lady Grizzly Coach Ralph Mendoza. "
"She is a stud...she hits her spots and is a workhorse," Mendoza said of the veteran Lady 'Hound.
Mendoza said Grandview is a strong team and he was impressed with how well they played.
He was also pleased with how well his own team played, considering last night's game was the Lady Grizzlies' first outing of the season.
"We're getting some kinks out of the way," said Mendoza, stating there is some work for the Sunnyside players.
"Overall, we did pretty well...we know there is some improvement," he said.
Chumley and Hannah Fernandez were both 2-for-3 at the plate for Sunnyside.
Grandview Coach Ramiro Gonzalez was understandably pleased with his squad's performance.
"My players were very selective with their swings, avoiding balls and only swinging at strikes," said Gonzalez. "Our team was hustling on the bases and we used our speed to our advantage by stealing bases on a catcher with a very good arm."
Gonzalez added, "We still have a lot of work to do and there is plenty of room for improvement. I think our team is up for the challenge and is ready to work hard to reach our goals."
Grandview (1-0) travels to Wapato for a CWAC league doubleheader tomorrow, Saturday, while Sunnyside (0-1) hosts Davis in a non-league twin bill next Tuesday.