Another Vista softball player steps up to help the team

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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With Olivia Brown, the team’s only experienced pitcher, on the shelf with an arm injury, Vista del Lago’s softball team had only Gaby Segura to turn to.

Segura picked up pitching only a month ago when the team had no back-up to Brown and Segura volunteered to learn the trade to help the team and Brown when she needed a break.

Enter Kayla Riley.

“I happened to see her walk by my classroom and I asked to talk to her,” Vista softball coach Robert Reed said. “I asked her about coming out to play and she was pretty responsive to it.”

Riley played softball her freshman and sophomore years, but did not play as a junior. After only a couple practices, Riley was called to the mound April 9 against River City in relief of Segura in the second inning. She pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed only one run, scattering five hits and walking three. It’s yet another story from a team that has had everyone step up and do something out of the ordinary in a season in which the team’s depth has been tested because of injuries.

The Eagles had a tough week as a team, most importantly losing two key league games against River City and El Dorado, while beating Galt and picking up a non-league win over Golden Sierra.

The 4-2 Eagles sit two games behind 6-0 Union Mine in the Sierra Valley Conference. The team’s next league game is at Cosumnes Oaks Thursday, who sits right behind them in third place in league.

Riley pitched the entire game in Thursday’s 5-4 loss to El Dorado, allowing 11 hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts.

“Kayla pitched great in both her games,” Reed said. “She only gave up a run against River City and we just didn’t score enough against El Dorado.”

Segura pitched in the 11-0 win over Golden Sierra and turned in a strong performance, pitching a shutout despite allowing six hits and two walks in five innings.

“I felt we pitched great last week, considering the circumstances,” Reed said. “We wanted to win the Galt and El Dorado games, but only took one. We got punched and were wobbly, but now we’ve got to punch back. We need to beat the teams we need to beat, because I don’t want to have to rely on other teams (to make the playoffs). We’ve just got to take it one game at a time and roll with the punches.”