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Vista falls 7-4 to Sierra in first round of playoffs

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago?s reward for winning the Sierra Valley Conference and being the top seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV softball playoffs was last year?s defending champion, Sierra. Thursday in a battle between two very good teams, Vista del Lago?s season came to an end following a 7-4 loss in the first round of the playoffs. The Eagles battled to the end and played hard, but it just wasn?t their day. ?It was back-and-forth and we had a 2-1 lead but then we got behind,? Vista coach Robert Reed said. ?I?m proud of the girls; they didn?t give up. They had a chance to tie it up in the last inning and if the wind wasn?t blowing in so hard, maybe it would have happened. They showed a lot of heart and hung together. It?s a special group.? Tayana Mata hit her fifth home run of the season in the second inning to tie the game at one. With Vista leading 2-1 after four innings, Sierra struck for three runs in the fifth to take control of the game. ?It was one bad inning,? Mata said. ?I think we deserve to advance. This group of seniors has been through a lot. Our freshman year was awful and we were a little better our sophomore year. We made the playoffs last year and lost in the first round and this was our year. We fought and gave it our all.? Vista cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth inning, but Sierra scored three runs in the top of the seventh to make it 7-3. The Eagles got a run back on Ashley Muzzi?s RBI single, which scored Gaby Segura. With Christina Guidry at the plate, her sister, Cat, on third and Muzzi on second, Vista had the tying run at the plate. Guidry smacked a fly ball to left field, but the wind knocked it down and resulted in a flyout for the final out of the game. Vista ended the season with an 18-5 record.