Eagles take two of three at LeDoux tournament

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago won two of three games during the Stephanie Le Doux Tournament on Friday and Saturday before the rains came, as the team enters spring break with a 7-3 record. Vista opened the tournament Friday with a 3-0 win over Granite Bay, as Olivia Brown dominated the Grizzlies with 12 strikeouts, while allowing only three hits. The Eagles scored two runs in the fourth and added the third in the fifth. Catherine Guidry, Ashley Muzzi and Christina Guidry each had two hits, while Jessica Evans had one hit and two RBI. Tayana Mata also had a hit and a sacrifice fly, while Amanda Machado had a hit and scored once. Morgan Theis pitched the second game of the day, a 2-0 loss to Ponderosa. Theis threw six innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Despite outhitting the Bruins 5-4, the Eagles lost the game. Mata had three of those hits, while Muzzi tripled and Theis singled. Vista rebounded for an 8-4 win Saturday morning against Oakmont. While Brown was hit hard, allowing four runs and seven hits, the Eagles’ offense was up to the task. Muzzi and Mata continued their hot hitting, as each had two hits; Muzzi finishing with two RBI and Mata with three. Mata doubled and tripled and also scored two runs. Theis also had two hits and scored twice, while Catherine Guidry had a hit and scored twice. Vista opened the week with a 5-3 win over Oak Ridge. Theis started the game on the rubber and tossed 5 1/3 innings, giving up just three runs on six hits before handing the ball over to Brown for the save. Vista held a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, where Oak Ridge seemed to finally figure Theis out. Oak Ridge scored twice to cut the lead to two, 5-3, but Brown left the bases loaded, getting Oak Ridge’s Ana Campos to ground to shortstop Christina Guidry, who threw home to get the force out and denied Oak Ridge another run. Oak Ridge threatened again in the bottom of the seventh as Renee Bardini worked a leadoff walk and Schmaeling followed with a single. The Lady Trojans got both runners into scoring position with two outs before Brown got Lindsey Zito to pop up and end the game. “When Olivia came on, she had a little bit of a rough outing but the kids hung with her and encouraged her and she settled down and got some key outs,” said Vista coach Robert Reed. Vista jumped on Oak Ridge in the early innings, getting two runs in the first on an RBI-single from Christina Guidry before her sister Catherine lined a double down the third base line in the second inning, scoring Isabella Nicosia. The Guidry sisters each made stellar defensive plays behind Theis and Brown as well. “I thought we played really well defensively. We’ve got some veterans on a pretty solid team,” said Reed. “I thought we had a good week last week and now it’s about trying to become consistent and build on those good weeks.”