Kaim's no-no lifts Vista over Liberty Ranch, 6-0

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Tyler Kaim is only a sophomore, but he pitched like an experienced senior on Thursday, tossing a no-hitter in Vista’s del Lago’s 6-0 win over Liberty Ranch. Liberty Ranch never came close to getting a hit; in fact, not one ball reached the outfield. Kaim struck out nine and walked three. “It felt good,” Kaim said. “I’ve never had a no-hitter before. My cutter and four-seam fastball were working well today and we were great defensively.” Kaim knew he had a no-hitter as he walked out on to the field for the top of the seventh inning. He didn’t let his nerves show, though. He struck out the first batter; then the second out came on a ground ball to shortstop Zach Stolarow, who threw to first baseman Nick Scolini. Kaim then got the last batter looking at strike three to end the game. “Tyler was great,” Vista coach Scott Seffens said after his team won its third league game in three days to improve to 4-3 overall on the year. Assistant coach Rich Gregory was working with Tyler on a cutter and it was phenomenal today. He only threw one changeup and two or three curveballs.” The Eagles scored the only run they needed in the second inning. Ryan Rodriguez, who reached base all three times up with two hits and a Liberty Ranch error, started the rally with a single. After stealing second base, Rodriguez moved to third on Matt Jimison’s groundout and then scored on Nick Scolini’s base hit. Vista added a second run in the third when Alex Muzzi singled, stole second and eventually scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth the Eagles put three more runs on the board. Mike Majeski doubled and two batters later Bryce Gieseke drove him in with a double. Two more Liberty Ranch errors scored Gieseke and Wyland Silvan to put Vista up 5-0. The team’s final run came in the sixth when Kaim singled and scored on Muzzi’s single. The league win was the third of three for the Eagles last week, as they opened with a 6-1 win over Cosumnes Oaks on March 20. Jimison had three hits and two RBI, while Travis Fowlston had two hits and two RBI to lead the way. Silvan and Scolini also had RBI. Seth Sobottka pitched allowed four hits in 6 1/3 innings, while Josh Pfeffer got the last two outs of the game. In the 4-0 win over River City the following day, Mike Majeski got a little help from Andrew Lucio in pitching a complete game victory. On Friday the Eagles lost to Sheldon, 6-4. Gieseke, Muzzi and Jacob Winkler each had two hits, while Winkler, Scolini, Muzzi and Nick Rametta drove in runs. After playing Galt on Tuesday, the Eagles play host to River City on Thursday before opening the SureWest Woodcreek Tournament against Pioneer at Woodcreek High School on Saturday. Game time is 11 a.m