With the loss of a talented senior class to graduation, combined with four freshmen infielders and only one pitcher, Vista del Lago’s girls’ softball team has its work cut out for them this season.
The Eagles are young and Coach Robert Reed has one goal: make the playoffs.
“In non-league my goal is to prepare this team for the season,” Reed said. “We’ve already lost our starting catcher, Amanda Machado, to a season-ending knee injury and we have challenges with four freshmen infielders and one pitcher. With only two seniors, I want to the girls to work hard learn the system and learn the game. My goal is to make the playoffs.”
To make the playoffs, Vista needs to finish among the top-three teams in the Sierra Valley Conference. Reed said Cosumnes Oaks, Union Mine and River City are teams that figure to be near the top of the standings, but he knows his team will have to play well in all their games to qualify.
One big issue for the Eagles is their lack of depth. With only 10 players, there’s not a lot of room for injuries or slumping players.
After winning three of their first four games, the Eagles dropped both of their games last week, losing 16-9 to Oak Ridge March 13 and dropping a 16-5 decision to Del Campo last Thursday.
Vista picked up a big 7-6 win Tuesday, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the game. Gaby Segura’s two-out, walk-off double won the game for the Eagles.
Olivia Brown, Cherise Silvan, Ashley Muzzi, Lindsey Fenton and Emily St. Dennis each had two hits to lead the offense.
The Eagles led 4-0 after the first inning, before Cosumnes Oaks scored six unanswered runs to take a 6-4 lead in the fourth inning. The scene was then set for Vista’s comeback victory, culminating with Segura’s game-winning hit.
The Eagles travel to Union Mine Thursday for a game at 4:15 p.m.