GRANDVIEW – “It took us awhile, we were nervous out there but we got in the comfort zone,” Grandview baseball coach Joe Mora said of his team’s ability to rally for a split against visiting Toppenish last Saturday.
The Wildcats prevailed in the season opener by a score of 8-6, despite two hits and five RBI off the bat of Grandview’s Kory Kollmar. His clutch hit was with a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning to fuel a four-run rally.
On the mound, Angel Abarca took the loss for Grandview despite fanning 10 Toppenish batters in five innings of work. Anthony Mendoza came on in relief to finish up the final two frames on the hill for the Greyhounds.
It was a different story in game two’s 8-3 victory for the Greyhounds.
Grandview honed its fielding skills – playing error-free ball in the nightcap after committing three miscues in the opener – and pitcher Brendan Bardwell pitched five innings of shutout ball.
The Greyhounds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game two and never looked back. Anthony Mendoza, Angel Abarca, Kollmar and Bardwell delivered consecutive hits to account for Grandview’s scoring in the first frame.
The Greyhounds then used a four-run fourth to ice the win. Mendoza, Samuel Madera, Andres Hernandez and Tommy Van Dyke all had big hits in the fourth-inning rally.
Bardwell struck out six batters in the second game, though Toppenish was able to nick the hurler for three runs over the final two innings.
Mora said Bardwell used a combination of a curve, fastball and a change-up to keep Wildcat batters off-balance. “He kept them guessing the whole game,” the coach said.
Grandview (1-1) jumped right into league play with Saturday’s twin bill against Toppenish, and returns to league action tomorrow, Tuesday, at home against Quincy.