GRANDVIEW — The Grandview Lady Zebras opened District 17-3A play with a huge 6-4 win Monday night over Whitney.
Last season, Grandview and Whitney shared the district title in a three-way tie with West. So opening district play this season with a win over Whitney was a huge victory — and possible confidence boost — for what is now a relatively young Lady Zebra squad after losing four cornerstone four-year starters to graduation.
After Whitney took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Grandview put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the first.
Faith Goodgion hit an RBI single to score Morgan Holliday to tie it at 1-1, then Macey Barton hit an RBI single to score Goodgion (who previously advanced to second base on an error and then stole third base) for a 2-1 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, Holiday hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the third, then Goodgion, who singled, later came around to score on a Whitney error for a 4-1 advantage.
Whitney cut the deficit in half with a two-out RBI single in the top of the fifth, but the Lady Zebras got that run back with an RBI groundout from London Cooper to score Holliday, who reached on a single for a 5-2 lead.
Whitney made things interesting with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on a bases-loaded walk and a fielder’s choice RBI to pull to within 5-4.
In the home half of the sixth frame, Grandview loaded the bases with no outs, managing to push across an insurance run.
Raeleigh Mullins worked around a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh to get a pair of groundouts with a strikeout to earn the complete-game win. Mullins pitched all seven innings with eight hits, four runs, and four walks allowed with six strikeouts.
Holliday finished 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs and an RBI, Goodgion went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, and Barton was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
Whitney pitcher Kenzie Seeley, the reigning District 17-3A MVP and Northwestern State University commit, pitched a complete game with six hits, three earned runs and no walks allowed with nine strikeouts. Caitlin Poore led Whitney at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort with an RBI and run.
Grandview is set to visit Corsicana Mildred at 7 p.m. tonight.