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Lady 'Hounds hold off Bears to stay unbeaten

GRANDVIEW - A late inning rally nearly sunk the Lady Greyhounds' perfect record yesterday, but Grandview managed to get out of a jam and win its fourth game against the Kiona-Benton Bears, 8-7.

Grandview freshman pitcher Cali Castilleja again pitched a complete game for the Lady Greyhounds, giving up no earned runs in the first six innings. Catcher Jazzmin Cruz was calling the shots for Castilleja.

The Bears took an early lead after two fielding errors in the top of the first gave them two runs. Another fielding error in the top of the fourth gave Kiona-Benton a three-run lead, but Grandview answered the challenge in the bottom of the frame.

Lady Greyhounds Marissa Caballero and Rikki Verduzco both got free passes in the fourth inning and both stole second and later came in to score. Grandview had eight stolen bases in the game. Castilleja also drew a walk in the inning and Cruz was hit by a pitch to put two on. Esme Munoz smacked a deep double over the head of the left fielder to drive in both runners, giving Grandview a 4-3 lead.

After a scoreless fifth, Grandview manufactured runs in the sixth inning. Destiny Zavala took advantage of a free pass, rounding the bases by stealing second and reaching third on a bunt single by Cruz. After Zavala scored, Munoz hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Cruz. Biviana Rivera was hit by a pitch and Samanta Castaneda reached base on a fielder's choice, then Caballero hit a seeing-eye single through the infield to drive in both runners for an 8-3 lead.

In the top of the seventh with two outs, the wheels started to come off. The Bears got five hits off Castilleja and scored four earned runs. With a runner on first a well-hit ball to left field was run down by Rivera to finally end the game.

Grandview finished with eight runs on six hits and five errors. Kiona-Benton had seven runs on eight hits and committed no errors.

The Lady 'Hounds (2-0, 4-0) host Toppenish tomorrow, March 23, in a doubleheader.

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