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Lady 'Hounds victorious against SHS girls

Except for a wild seventh inning, the Lady Greyhounds didn't allow the Lady Grizzlies to shine in last night's non-league fastpitch game hosted by Sunnyside.

The visiting Grandview softball team won the game 7-3 behind freshman pitching ace Cali Castilleja. Grandview had seven runs on nine hits with one error. Sunnyside finished with three runs on two hits with two errors.

The game started poorly for the Sunnyside squad as the first Grandview batter, Samanta Castaneda, was hit by a pitch. She was later driven in by a double off the bat of Marissa Caballero. A single later in the inning drove in Caballero to put the Lady 'Hounds up 2-0.

"They out-hit us," said Sunnyside Coach Ralph Mendoza. "They manufactured runs."

Castilleja, taking signs from catcher Jazzmine Cruz, pitched a complete game and gave up only two hits. She struck out five but struggled slightly with control, hitting three batters.

"Our freshman pitcher looked very calm, cool and collected in registering our season opening victory," said Grandview Coach Ramiro Gonzalez. "She was able to locate the ball well and our defense was spectacular behind her. She didn't look like a rookie out there!"

Castilleja also contributed on the offensive side, hitting a single in the second inning and eventually coming around to score on a single by Castaneda.

"I am extremely pleased with the players' performances," said Gonzalez. "It was great to see the team really come together and play well. It is always fun to compete against Sunnyside, I have much respect for their coach and program."

Grandview's fielding was perfect until the bottom of the seventh with the Lady 'Hounds up 7-0. With two outs and two runners on, Castilleja struck out Hannah Fernandez. It should have ended the game, but the catcher dropped the ball.

While the Grandview fielders returned to the dugout, thinking the game was over, the Lady Grizzlies advanced, plating two runs to go along with the single tally they scored earlier in the frame. The Lady Greyhounds figured out what was happening in time to hold Fernandez at third base, and finished the game by getting the next batter out.

"It was a wild inning," said Mendoza. "I just kept sending the runners."

Sunnyside's battery of pitcher Monique Gil and catcher Dalia Roma gave up nine hits in the complete game loss. Lady Grizzly Jessica Gomez drove in Amber Cornwell for an RBI in the seventh inning.

Sunnyside travels to Pasco today, March 15, for a doubleheader. Grandview next plays tomorrow, March 16, at Wapato, also a doubleheader.

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