Eagles move to 7-1 in SVC with win over Galt

By: By Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Vista del Lago’s baseball team squared off with the Galt Warriors for the second time this week and for the second time, came up victorious with a come-from-behind 8-6 win on Friday.

The Eagles found themselves in a five-run deficit when coach Scott Seffens told his team that he would pop for pizza if they came back to win.

Pizza can be a heck of a motivator for a hungry baseball team.

Tyler Kaim thought he had been hit by a pitch in the bottom of the sixth when the home plate umpire called him back to bat. The call worked to Kaim’s advantage, as he tripled over the centerfielder’s head and eventually scored the game-tying run.

Shortstop Josh Pfeffer and catcher Nick Rametta later followed with RBI singles to put the Eagles ahead, 8-6, where they would stay and move to 7-1 in Sierra Valley Conference play.

“We don’t panic; we’ve been there before and we know we can score,” said Seffens. “We’ve got a pretty good offense. It was just a matter of time. We had some lazy swings but for the most part, we hung in and I’m just happy we won.”

Just as Vista put up an early five-run inning at Galt Wednesday, the Warriors posted a five-spot in the second inning against the Eagles on Friday. The big blows came from two-run doubles from Howie Lyon and Brandon Garcia. Vista came back to put one on the board in the bottom half when Nick Schumacher led off with a triple and scored on a grounder to short.

After Galt tacked on one more run in the top half of the third, the Eagles answered with four in the bottom half of the frame. Mike Majeski and Nick Rametta singled before Schumacher drove in Majeski with the third straight single to start the inning. Matt Jimison and Kaim each added RBIs on a sacrifice fly and a single, respectively, to close the gap to 6-5.

Majeski went the distance for Vista. Despite giving up the six early runs, he settled down after the third inning, allowing no runs over the final four frames and striking out five for his third win of the year.

“(Majeski) is our ace,” added Seffens. “He’s been a little hit and miss this year. Those five runs (Galt) scored on him weren’t really balls that were hit hard off of him. He just kept fighting because he’s a competitor.”

The Eagles (14-3) play three games next week. They’ll begin with an away game at River City Monday before returning home to face the Raiders on Wednesday and El Dorado on Friday.