PROSSER – The Grandview Greyhound baseball team concluded its 2014 campaign last Saturday with a pair of identical 17-0 losses at Prosser.
In the twin bill opener, the Mustangs plated 10 runs in the first inning and never looked back in earning the CWAC victory.
“We were stuck on two outs,” Grandview Coach Joe Mora said of his team’s four fielding errors in the first frame that kept the door open for Ellensburg. “After that we seemed to lose our confidence.”
Grandview mustered three hits off of Mustang pitching in game one, with Brendan Bardwell, Tommy Van Dyke and Anthony Mendoza all smacking base hits.
The Greyhounds’ best chance to score in the game – or for the day – came when Angel Abarca drew one of two walks he coaxed off of Ellensburg pitching and then stole a pair of bases. The effort went for naught as Abarca was stranded at the hot corner.
Mendoza and Abarca shared pitching duties for Grandview in game one.
Though the nightcap had an identical 17-0 score, Grandview was more competitive early on before Prosser erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning to seal the victory.
Mendoza and Jorge Oros each connected for base hits for Grandview in game two. Bardwell started on the mound for the Greyhounds in the second game, before giving way to Oros.
Grandview finished the season with a record of 3-17, but Mora says there were signs of progress not reflected in the win-loss column.
“Overall, we grew up together with the younger guys that we have,” he said. “The record doesn’t speak loudly, but we’re communicating more and cutting down on mistakes.”
Saturday was the varsity finale for four Greyhounds; Bardwell, Kory Kollmar, Matt Dailey and Joey Arreola. Bardwell and Kollmar were four-year players for the Grandview baseball program.
Looking ahead, Mora says his team can build off of this season’s learning experiences. “The wins will come as long as we keep working hard and working together,” he said.
To that end, Mora is scheduling informal exhibition baseball games this summer, including four contests with Sunnyside Christian.
“The idea is to try and pick up some extra games to match the experience other teams in our league have,” he said.