Kaim, Majeski lift Vista over Folsom, 10-5By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Tyler Kaim started working on a new swing a few days ago. Based on Saturday’s results, he might have found one that works for him.
Kaim hit a towering two-run homer on the first pitch he saw and jumpstarted a Vista offense that scored seven runs in the third inning, as the Eagles defeated Folsom High 10-5 in the annual game pitting the cross-town rivals against one another. It was Kaim’s only hit of the game, but he picked up a third RBI later when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
“I’ve been working on my swing where I kick my leg up like Jose Bautista (of the Toronto Blue Jays), which helps keep my weight and head back,” Kaim said. “This is my first game trying it. The home run came on a knee-high fastball right down the middle and I hit it good.”
Kaim started the game on the mound and pitched well in the first two innings, sending the Bulldogs down in order. In the third, however, with his team leading 9-0, Kaim lost the zone and allowed four runs before being replaced in the fourth inning by Josh Pfeffer.
With Vista leading 2-0 on Kaim’s home run, the Eagles broke the game open in the third inning off Folsom starter Alex Perez. Mike Majeski, who had three hits in the game, started the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Nick Rametta followed with a single and Nick Schumacher reached on an error to load the bases.
Ryan Kuzinich followed with a two run single to put the Eagles up 4-0. Matt Jimison then singled to load the bases and when Kaim was hit by a pitch, Schumacher scored to make it 5-0.
Jimison then scored on a balk by Perez and Pfeffer’s single scored Kaim and chased Perez, as Folsom brought Tommy Dougherty in from first base to relieve Perez.
An error allowed Zach Stolarow to score before Pfeffer scored the final run of the inning off of a base hit by Majeski.
Folsom, to its credit, answered Vista’s big inning with one of its own. Troy Knox hit a bloop double to shallow right field for the Bulldogs’ first hit of the game. Josh Hook followed with a single to right field and Knox then scored on a balk by Kaim.
Tanner Seibel was hit by a pitch and Tyler Long walked to load the bases for Craig Stafford, who lofted a sacrifice fly to score Hook.
Ethan Robertson singled to score Seibel before Long scored the team’s fourth run on a wild pitch.
Both teams added on more run to the scoreboard before the game ended. Majeski led off the sixth inning with a triple before scoring on Schumacher’s sac fly. In the bottom of the seventh, Seibel singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make the final score 10-5.
Majeski had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Eagles. Kuzinich, Rametta and Jimison all had two hits apiece, while Kaim homered and drove in three.
Folsom managed six hits, one each by Knox, Hook, Stafford, Robertson, Seibel and Brandon Falsetti.
“I’m glad it’s over,” Vista coach Scott Seffens said after the game. “This game doesn’t mean much, but it’s a game you don’t want to lose. We had a great approach at the plate against Perez and when Tyler struggled, we knew we could count on Josh to come in and battle.”
Folsom coach Gilbert Brewer wasn’t happy with the loss, but was pleased with how his team never gave up.
“We definitely battled, but we didn’t take care of business early,” Brewer said. “We finished and stayed in the game and I think if we would have taken care of things early on things would have been different.”
For the players, it might be a non-league game, but like Seffens said, it’s a game that no one wants to lose.
“It’s nice to get some bragging rights,” Kaim said.