Vista finishes tournament with 13-2 win over Casa RobleBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
After suffering two straight defeats, Vista del Lago’s varsity baseball team got healthy quick Wednesday, defeating Casa Roble, 13-2.
The 12-3 Eagles now have some time off before league play starts up again on the road at Galt on April 3.
The Vista offense had been hot prior to scoring only three runs in the losses to Oakmont and Bella Vista, but any concern of a prolonged slump ended quickly Wednesday, as the Eagles scored two runs in the first inning.
Starting pitcher Josh Pfeffer led off the game with a double and scored two batters later on Nick Rametta’s single. After Nick Schumacher walked and Jacob Jones flied out, courtesy runner Andrew Schantz scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Kevin Gough.
Vista loaded the bases in the second inning but didn’t score, the only inning they didn’t put runs on the board.
In the third, Jones, who had two hits and scored three times, led off with a single. Ryan Kuzinich, Michael McMahon and Pfeffer all walked with Pfeffer’s base on balls knocking in Jones. Zach Stolarow then singled to drive in Kuzinich and McMahon and Rametta followed with a run-scoring double, which brought in Pfeffer to make it 6-0.
Casa Roble managed two runs off Pfeffer in the third, but it didn’t slow down Vista’s offense. In the fourth, Jones led off with an infield single, Gough walked and Kuzinich was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tyler Kaim followed with an infield single to score Jones and McMahon and Pfeffer hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to score Gough and Kuzinich, respectively, and Vista led 9-2.
Stolarow’s single to right field scored Kaim to finish the scoring in the inning.
Vista’s final three runs came in the fifth on Kuzinich’s two-run double and a RBI single by Pfeffer.
Stolarow replaced Pfeffer on the mound in the fifth and recorded the final three outs.
In the 10-0 win over Valley Christian, Jones and Schumacher had two hits apiece, while Schumacher drove in four runs and Jones knocked in two, as did Stolarow. Kaim scored three runs and Kuzinich scored twice.
Coach Scott Seffens is happy with his team as they enter spring break with a 12-3 record.
“We’re good right now,” Seffens said. “Even though we lost those two games, we faced two good pitchers that made us better. We had some guys step up. Jacob Jones had a great tournament and we threw Kuzinich and Schumacher and they hadn’t seen much time on the mound. I’m happy right now. We’ve just got to take care of business.”