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Lady Greyhounds swing big bats while improving to 3-0

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhound softball team opened CWAC South league play in impressive fashion this past Saturday with a 15-5 and 19-9 sweep over visiting Wapato.

Both games were halted in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

The opener was close through three innings as Grandview clung to a 7-5 lead. The Lady Greyhounds blew the game open with three runs in the fourth frame on a solo home run by pitcher Ashley Van Tress and a two-run single off the bat of Gabriela Arreola.

Grandview then sealed the deal in the fifth inning with a five-run rally keyed by a three-run blast by Arreola. The walk-off shot was Arreola's first career home run.

Van Tress also pitched game two for Grandview, and again the Lady Greyhounds provided plenty of run support. The 19-9 romp began with a seven-run rally in the first inning thanks to clutch RBI hits by Marissa Caballero, Sarah Roberts and Alicia Valle.

Grandview added five more runs in the second inning, keyed by a bases-loaded triple off the bat of a Samanta Castaneda.

The Lady Greyhounds expanded their advantage to 19-3 going into the top of the fifth, when the Wolves pounded six runs but couldn't cut the lead enough to avoide the 10-run mercy rule.

"This is a good way to open up our league play," Grandview Coach Ramiro Gonzalez Jr. said of the twin bill sweep. "Our offense came out big, collecting 12 hits in each game."

Gonzalez said his squad's success was sparked by solid team play. "We saw production from every player," he noted.

The coach noted Grandview (2-0, 3-0) will face a big test this coming Saturday when it plays at defending District champ Selah. "We will see some very good pitching," he said of taking on the Vikings, a State tourney qualifying team last year. "Our offense will be put to the test."

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