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Vista sports wrap

Eagles have solid week

By: Staff Report
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If Vista del Lago’s baseball team wants to keep pace in the Sierra Valley Conference they need to beat the league’s bottom dwellers this week. The Eagles faced Union Mine on Monday and Tuesday, a team that entered the week with a 1-7 record in league play. On Thursday the Eagles hit the road to play Cosumnes Oaks, who had a 1-5 league record as of Monday. Vista split two games with the teams in front of them in the standings, losing to second-place River City, 7-6 on April 9 before beating league leading El Dorado the following day 7-4. Vista began the week with a 5-3 record in the Sierra Valley Conference and a 9-8 mark overall, trailing El Dorado by two games and River City by one. Softball The Eagle softball team opened the week sitting in first place in conference play with a 3-0 record to go with a 9-3 mark overall. Vista traveled to 3-1 Liberty Ranch on Monday, the team immediately behind them in the standings. On Tuesday they play host to Rosemont in a non-league game before a home game Friday against last year’s defending champions, Cosumnes Oaks, who started the week 1-1 in league play and 9-5-1 overall. The Eagles won both of their games last week; a 7-4 win over River City and an 8-3 non-league win over Cordova. Vista had a great offensive week with 10 hits against River City and 11 against Cordova. Catherine Guidry and Ashley Muzzi led the way, as both had four hits in eight at bats and scored two runs apiece. Muzzi also added two RBI. Jessica Evans also had four hits and drove in a run. Tayana Mata, Kellie Oosterman, Morgan Theis and Christina Guidry each had two hits. Guidry and Oosterman each scored three runs and drove in two. Tennis With two varying lineups, Vista del Lago pulled off a pair of solid victories last week to improve to 6-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference and 8-1 overall. Vista defeated Union Mine 7-2 with seven of the 14 starters being freshmen, as several regular starters were unavailable to play. Gus Hendrick (6-1, 6-0), Kyle Johnson (6-1, 6-3) and Jingwen Low (6-4, 6-3) won singles matches, as Low played arguably her best match of the season, according to coach Chris Evers. Vista’s other four wins came in doubles action with Akshay Rathish and Ryan Palhegyi (5-7, 7-6 (10-8), Dina Alarian and Angelica Frank (6-1, 6-1), Danica Greenall and Katie Sarrels (6-2, 7-5, (10-5), and Priyank Varshney and Arielle Frank (7-6, 6-1) winning. Two days later the Eagles defeated Cosumnes Oaks, 6-1, with the final two matches called because of rain. On this day, Kriti Bhatia played her best, winning 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. “That was the most determined and focused I have seen her all year,” Evers said. “She was consistent and when the right time came she punished many of her ground strokes for winners.” Sandeep Gurram also won in singles play, while the four doubles winners were Anjelica Frank and Dina Alarian, Sai Rathish and Julian Rodkiewicz, Kyle Johnson and Preston Fagalde and Akshay Rathish and Arielle Frank. After playing at River City on Tuesday, Vista’s next match is Wednesday at home against Galt. They also have home matches against Liberty Ranch and River City on Thursday and Friday.