Eagles rebound after first loss with 13-6 win over Union MineBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Things didn't look good early on in Vista del Lago's game Monday against Union Mine.
The Eagles allowed four runs in the first inning and after getting one run back in the third, promptly gave up two more in the top of the fourth and trailed 6-1.
Vista, however, scored six runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth to take control of the game on its way to a 13-6 win.
Mike Majeski had three hits; including two doubles, and drove in two runs, while Kevin Gough had two hits with four RBIs. Zach Stolarow, Nick Rametta and Matt Jimison each had two hits and two RBIs apiece.
Majeski started the game on the mound, before Matt Huddlestun relieved him and picked up the win.
After seven wins to start the season, Vista experienced defeat for the first time in the cruelest of ways.
The Eagles led El Dorado Friday 6-0 after 3 ½ innings and 7-2 after 4 ½ innings, but allowed four runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings and lost 10-8. The loss dropped Vista’s record to 2-1 in the Sierra Valley Conference and 7-1 overall.
Despite the loss, Vista did a great job offensively with 15 hits, six more than the Cougars. The Eagles, however, knew entering the game that starting pitcher Josh Pfeffer would have to get the job done, as the team was down a few pitchers.
“We had 15 hits and we should have won, but we were short on pitching,” said Vista coach Scott Seffens, as Tyler Kaim pitched Wednesday and Majeski threw Monday. “Josh did all he could, but his pitch count was up and he was getting tired and we decided to leave him in.”
Leaving Pfeffer in meant having him face El Dorado’s top hitter, Chris Swineford, in the bottom of the sixth inning with the bases loaded. Just one inning earlier, Swineford roughed up Pfeffer with a three-run home run.
“We were hoping he could get him to pop it up, but he didn’t,” Seffens said.
Swineford hit a grand slam to put the Cougars up 10-7. The Eagles got a run back in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough.
“After the game, I just told them that they battled,” Seffens said. “We had 15 hits, but we also had a couple of errors that hurt us and we had to throw fastballs in fastball counts.”
Michael McMahon had three hits and scored two runs to lead the team. Kaim, Gough, Nick Schumacher and Majeski each had two hits, while Stolarow, Rametta and Majeski drove in two runs.
In the 10-5 win over River City two days earlier, Pfeffer, McMahon and Majeski all had two hits and two RBIs. Kaim pitched the first 5 2/3 innings before Huddlestun finished the game.
The Eagles play at Cosumnes Oaks today and are Liberty Ranch Friday.