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Lady Greyhounds continue winning ways

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhounds continued their winning ways behind the strong arm of pitcher Cali Castilleja, defeating the Toppenish Wildcats in both games of a doubleheader this past Saturday.

"We played well in both games and hit the ball hard," said Grandview Coach Ramiro Gonzalez. "We hit the ball well for a lot of extra-base hits and forced their defense to commit some errors on tough plays."

In the opener Grandview won 14-3, invoking the 10-run rule after scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Lady Hounds had 13 hits and committed three errors to the Wildcats' three hits and six errors.

Castilleja gave up no earned runs in the first game, striking out four and issuing free passes to three.

The Lady 'Hounds took an early lead, driving in five runs in the bottom of the first, one run in the second and another five runs in the third before Toppenish managed a three-run reply in the top of the fourth. Grandview bats continued to swing and the Lady Greyhounds scored another run in the bottom of the fourth.

The Wildcats only issued a single walk to Grandview batters, but five runners reached base on errors by Toppenish. The Lady 'Hounds stole eight bases in the game as well.

Rikki Verduzco was 3-for-4 in the game with a double, triple, three runs scored and two RBIs. Samanta Castaneda went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored. Marissa Caballero also had a triple, scored two runs and batted in two runners. Grandview batters had six extra base hits in the game.

Grandview took the second game 18-2, again scoring in every inning. The Lady 'Hounds had 13 hits and committed two errors while the Wildcats managed four hits but had seven costly errors.

Castilleja again started the game atop the pitching rubber, taking calls from Jazzmin Cruz. In the fourth inning she got a break from pitching when Sadie Ross came in to pitch. Castilleja finished out the game by pitching the top of the fifth.

Castilleja finished the game giving up only two earned runs, having given up only a single walk. She struck out three.

"Cali continued her impressive season thus far on the mound, giving up two earned runs in the doubleheader," said Gonzalez. "Our defense made some clutch, key plays to stop a few scoring threats by Toppenish."

Caballero was 2-for-4 in the game with a double, triple, four RBIs and three runs. Verduzco also was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, two doubles and three runs scored. Yareli Pedroza went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a double and a run scored.

The Lady 'Hounds had eight hits for extra bases and stole bases five times.

Toppenish started the scoring with a run in the top of the first and Grandview answered with seven runs in the bottom of the frame. Grandview continued to score, with five runs in the second and three runs each in the third and fourth.

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