Friday, April 27, 2012/lk
GRANDVIEW - Ashley Van Tress twirled a three-hit shutout and drove in five runs to lead the Lady Greyhound softball team to a 10-0 non-league win over visiting 2B DeSales yesterday.
Her performance at the plate upped Van Tress' batting average for the season to .429 with a team-high 21 runs batted in.
Grandview's pitching ace got all the run support she would need by smacking a two-run double in the first inning to score teammates Rikki Verduzco and Samanta Castaneda. Both runners reached base by coaxing walks from Irish pitching.
The Lady Greyhounds then put the non-league contest away in the second frame. Three consecutive free passes issued by DeSales pitching loaded the bases for Castaneda in the second inning. Utilizing some trickery, Castaneda feigned a suicide-squeeze bunt to get the defense off-balance, then stepped back to slam a single and bring home a run. Van Tress followed with a two-run base hit and scored on a passed ball.
By the time the dust settled, Grandview was up 7-0 and on its way to victory.
Van Tress was 3-for-3 at the plate with two stolen bases and two runs scored. Castaneda was 2-for-2 against the Irish with three runs scored and two stolen bases. Van Tress and Castaneda for the season now have 19 and 10 stolen bases, respectively.
Defensively, Grandview committed just one error and Van Tress struck out five batters, while improving her ERA to 2.82.
"Our defense played tough," said Grandview Coach Ramiro Gonzalez. "The girls looked very sharp with everyone contributing.
Noting strong winds that were in play yesterday, Gonzalez also praised his outfielders for tracking down difficult fly balls.
Grandview (5-9, 8-10) travels to Toppenish tomorrow, Saturday.