Rodriguez' three-run triple lifts Vista over El Dorado, 3-1

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Michael Majeski held El Dorado to one run and Ryan Rodriguez tripled to drive in three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Vista to a 3-1 win over the Cougars on Wednesday. The Eagles improved to 12-3 in the Sierra Valley Conference and 16-8 overall, while handing the Cougars only their second league loss and second loss overall at 11-2, 19-2-1. The Eagles won two of the three games against the Cougars and trail them by one game in the standings. “It was definitely a big win for us to take two of three from them and also two of three from (Justin) Dillon,” Vista coach Scott Seffens said. “He’s the most dominating high school pitcher I’ve seen.” Dillon pitched well, allowing only three runs on three hits, while striking out nine and walking three. Majeski didn’t have the numbers that Dillon had (seven hits, four strikeouts and two walks), but allowed only one run and got the win. “My change up is usually my best pitch but I didn’t have it today, but my fastball and curve ball were good,” Majeski said. “I was spotting my fastball away and throwing my curve balls in the dirt.” Seffens added, “Mike was hurt for awhile and hadn’t thrown for awhile except for two innings against Cosumnes Oaks. He was awesome today and I think the rest helped him. He located his curveball well.” El Dorado scored its only run of the game in the third inning. With one out, Alex Alvarez and Dillon hit back-to-back singles to put runners on. After Majeski got the second out, Nick Rametta couldn’t handle Matthew Smith’s ground ball to third and Alvarez came into score. The next batter, Zack Brown, singled to right field and when Dillon tried to score from second, Vista right fielder Matt Jimison threw him out with a perfect throw to Jacob Winkler, who made the tag. Vista only had one hit going into the sixth inning, which came on a first-inning single to center by Alex Muzzi. In the sixth, Rametta led off with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Bryce Gieseke struck out, Josh Pfeffer singled and Muzzi was then walked intentionally to load the bases. Dillon struck out Wyland Silvan for the second out, which brought Rodriguez to the plate. Rodriguez struck out in his previous at bat and fell behind 0-2 this time. “I just widened my stance and wanted to stay back,” Rodriguez said. “He threw me an off-speed pitch and the left fielder couldn’t get to it.” Rodriguez pulled the ball deep to left and despite a superb effort from the left fielder, the ball dropped to the ground and all three runners scored and Rodriguez ended up on third. “It was definitely a big game for us,” Rodriguez said. “Mike did an excellent job working the hitters and now that we’ve taken two out of three from them, hopefully we can win the league title.” Majeski added, “It has to be my biggest win of the season. Ryan got a huge hit and that brought up the momentum for us and it was just a good team effort.” Riding an eight-game win streak, the Eagles play host to Liberty Ranch on Thursday, a team they beat 6-4 on Tuesday after trailing 4-0.