Friday Mar 23 2012
Vista moves to 2-0 in SVC with 4-1 win over Union Mine
By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
Vista del Lago’s softball team capped off a strong week with a 4-1 win over Union Mine on Friday. Olivia Brown pitched 5 2/3 strong innings; Morgan Theis slammed the door in relief and Ashley Muzzi had the game-winning hit, as the Eagles won for the third time in three games this week, improving their record to 4-2 on the season. Vista scored two runs in the third inning to get the lead. Following coach Robert Reed’s instruction to “make it happen,” leadoff hit Catherine Guidry hit a line drive that was too hot for Union Mine’s third basemen to handle and Guidry was safe at first. After Guidry stole second, Theis was safe on an infield single and Tayana Mata then drew a walk to load the bases. Christina Guidry followed with a line drive to shortstop and Theis was doubled off of second, but Muzzi then ripped a two-run single to center scoring Catherine Guidry and Mata to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. “I was just looking to single into the outfield,” Muzzi said matter of factly after the game. Union Mine cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth and had a chance to tie the game, but center field Catherine Guidry threw out a runner at third base to end the rally and the inning. Brown allowed only one run and struck out nine before leaving with two outs in the sixth inning with the tying run on second. Theis entered with a 2-0 count on Jessica Dager and eventually walked her. Theis, however, struck out Christina Auger looking to end the threat and preserve the Eagles’ 2-1 lead. The Eagles added two insurance runs in the sixth, as Isabella Nicosia was hit by a pitch and Lauren Reed attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt but a Union Mine error put runners at the corners for the Eagles. Two outs later, Nicosia scored on a wild pitch and Reed later came in on another error and Vista led 4-1. “We didn’t want to have a letdown against Union Mine after beating the defending champs, Cosumnes Oaks,” Reed said. “Olivia pitched well for us; Morgan slammed the door and Catherine made a big play in the outfield. It was a solid win.” Vista opened the week with an 8-1 non-league win over Woodland and then earned a huge 13-3 win over Cosumnes Oaks, the defending Sierra Valley Conference champs. Brown pitched the first 3 2/3 innings against Woodland before Theis finished the game, while Brown went the distance against Cosumnes Oaks. In the league win over Cosumnes Oaks, Theis had three hits and scored three times. Mata also had an outstanding game with a pair of hits, including a three-run home run, four runs scored and five RBI. Amanda Machado had two hits and a run batted in, while Carly Vendiero also had a hit, RBI and run scored. Christina Guidry singled and drove in two runs as well. “We had a good week of softball,” Reed said. “The big game was against Cosumnes Oaks. As the defending league champs, we look at them as the team challenging us for the league title.” Muzzi was happy to be off to a 3-0 start in league play. “It’s really important for us to get off to a good start and get ahead of teams,” she said. “I thought we played pretty well. Our defense was solid and Olivia pitched well. Offensively, we are taking too many strikes and swinging at bad pitches, but we’re working on it.” Vista traveled to Oak Ridge on Monday before heading to Liberty Ranch today for a 4 p.m. game. On Friday and Saturday the team participates in the Le Doux Tournament in Roseville.