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Guidry sisters lead the way as Eagles aim for section title

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago?s softball team begins its quest for a Sac-Joaquin Section championship on Thursday and if they are to do it, the Guidry sisters, Catherine and Christina, will surely play a big role. The 18-year-old twin sisters headed to UC Davis on softball scholarships represent the heart-and-soul of the team that won the Sierra Valley Conference with an 11-1 record and is 18-4 overall, two of those losses coming in their first three games of the season. The sisters have been on the varsity team since their freshman year and play key roles. ?Catherine has a lot of speed and is the fastest on the team and the commander of the outfield,? Vista first baseman Jessica Evans said. ?Christina is a power hitter and a great third baseman. She dives more than any third basemen I?ve ever seen and she always gives it her all.? In a word, the sisters are athletic. ?Cat has speed that not many players have,? Vista coach Robert Reed said of his leadoff hitter and center fielder. ?She?s a threat to score every time she gets on base. In the outfield, I?ve never seen a player cover as much ground and her throws make her even better. Christina is probably the most athletic kid I?ve ever coached. She makes amazing plays at third base and her ability to move quickly in all directions makes her a very good infielder. She?s also a threat to score and has good speed and is a good hitter.? While the sisters are natural athletes, they?ve also worked hard the last four years and turned themselves into scholarship softball players. ?When they came to Vista, they were athletes playing softball,? Reed said. ?Now they?re softball players because they have played competitively, gone to lessons and learned the game and studied what they needed to do to become a better players.? Both girls batted right handed when they came to Vista as freshman, but Reed encouraged Cat to switch to the left side and she?s become a dangerous slap hitter who regularly reaches first base safely with a ground ball or bunt to the left side of the infield. Reed said Christina loves to challenge herself and has worked hard to improve her movement, even though it?s top notch. She?s also worked hard to perfect her swing. The sisters love the sport and their teammates, but nothing tops the love they have for each other. ?We?re tight because we?re sisters, but we butt heads and fight a lot too,? Cat said. ?At the end of the day, though, we?re best friends and I love her a lot. She?s a super jokester and makes everything better and more fun. There?s no one else I?d rather have as a roommate in college than her.? Christina added, ?Catherine is a bundle of joy, who is always positive. She picks me up when I?m down and is just a good person. She offers me a lot of support. The times when I?m down or stressed out about school, she picks me up. She?s a great teammate, friend and sister.? The Guidry sisters not only play a big part in the team?s success, but are also well liked off the field as well. ?The twins are probably the most fun people you will ever meet,? Vista second baseman Tayana Mata said. ?Cat understands what people are going through. If you need to vent, go to Cat because she understands. Christina makes everything fun and makes everyone smile. If you are having a bad day, go to Christina because she?ll put a smile on your face.? The sisters have accepted the role as team leaders. They would love nothing more than to lead their team to a section championship. ?We just have to keep playing like we?ve been playing,? Christina said. ?Everyone is contributing. We have to score early, play good defense and go for it.? Cat added, ?We have to take it one game at a time and maintain our focus. The only way we?re going to get it done is through hard work.?