Guidry lifts Vista over Liberty Ranch, 4-2

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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With four league games remaining, Vista del Lago?s varsity softball team is sitting in the catbird?s seat at the top of the standings. Coming off Friday?s 4-2 win over Liberty Ranch, the Eagles are done playing the teams contending for a league title and only have home games against Galt (2-6), River City (3-6) and El Dorado (1-7) and finish the regular season on the road at El Dorado. Vista, 7-1 in league and 14-4 overall, leads Cosumnes Oaks (7-2), Liberty Ranch (5-3) and Union Mine (4-4). On April 16 the Eagles suffered a disappointing 5-4 loss to the Hawks, but they avenged that loss on Friday, thanks to a stellar game from Catherine Guidry, who missed the first game between the teams. Guidry had two infield singles, reached on an error and eventually came around to score on the same play with a second Liberty Ranch throwing error, scored two runs, stole four bases and threw out a runner at home plate to boot. ?It?s my team,? Guidry said, when asked about her play. ?They just cheer me on and that pumps me up. I love playing and the entire team just played a great game.? Guidry?s coach, Robert Reed, can?t say enough about his center fielder. ?She?s pretty amazing,? Reed said. ?You see what UC Davis is getting next year. She played a great game.? Vista took a 1-0 lead in the third on Guidry?s legs, as she bunted the ball toward third base and Catelyn Parker?s throw was wide, allowing Guidry to advance to second. The right fielder, Shayla Wammack, picked up the ball and threw to second, but her throw was off target and the ball went out into left field, which allowed Guidry to come around to score. Liberty Ranch promptly came back with two runs in the top of the fourth, one coming on a home run by pitcher Shelbi Gill and another run coming on a walk, wild pitch and single. Vista rallied in the bottom of fifth with three runs, and Guidry was in the middle of it again. With two outs, Guidry reached on an infield single and stole second base before scoring on Morgan Theis? single to left field, which tied the game at two. Tayana Mata followed with an inside-the-park home run hit to the right center-field gap, which made the score 4-2. Theis, who replaced Olivia Brown on the rubber in the fifth inning, sent the Hawks down in order in the sixth and the seventh, and the Eagles won the game. ?Sometimes it takes a loss to get you going and we?ve been playing really well since that loss to Liberty Ranch,? Reed said. ?The girls have responded with a lot of intensity and are bringing the effort in practice and during the games.? Guidry added, ?It feels great to win this game because we all played solid and I?m proud of the team. We work hard every day in practice to do our best. We hope to stay on top and definitely make a long run in the playoffs.?