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Vista teams closing in on playoffs

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago has qualified for the Division IV baseball playoffs, but whether they enter as the Sierra Valley Conference champion or as the second-place team depends on the outcome of two games on Tuesday. The Eagles, 14-3 in the conference, played at Galt, while SVC-leading El Dorado (15-2) played host to River City. Vista needed to beat Galt (8-9 in league), while also needing River City (11-6) to upset El Dorado to win the conference championship. Regardless of the outcome of the games, the Division IV playoffs begin May 17 for both teams, the league champ facing off against the No. 3 seed from the Valley Oak League, while the second-place team will play the champion of the Western Athletic Conference. In their only action last week, the Eagles defeated Galt 8-4. The game was tied at four heading into the bottom of the fifth inning before the Eagles score twice and they added two more runs in the sixth. Matt Jimison, Travis Fowlston and Alex Muzzi each had two hits to lead the Eagles. Jimison and Muzzi both scored once and knocked in a run, while Fowlston had two RBIs. Muzzi and Fowlston both hit triples in the game. Andrew Lucio scattered nine hits and struck out four before Michael Majeski relieved him and got the last out of the game. Softball It would take a minor miracle for the Eagles (9-1 in league, 16-4 overall) not to win the SVC title with one game remaining today at El Dorado, who sits at the bottom of the standings. Cosumnes Oaks sits in second place with an 8-2 record. The playoffs begin May 17, where the Eagles will likely play the third-place team from the Valley Oak League. Vista has been playing good softball and last week earned two easy wins over Galt (13-0) and River City (11-0). The Eagles scored seven runs in the first inning against Galt to take care of things early, while finishing the game with 10 hits. Morgan Theis and Jessica Evans combined to no hit the Warriors. Evans had a huge day at the plate as well with two hits, four RBI and one run scored. Theis also had two hits, scored two runs and knocked in one. Tayana Mata doubled and knocked in two; Amanda Machado scored three runs while Ashley Muzzi, Christina Guidry and Gaby Segura all scored twice. Against River City, Catherine Guidry and Mata both had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run. Muzzi had two hits and two RBI and Theis tripled, scored twice and knocked in two. Olivia Brown had two hits and knocked in one, while Evans hit a home run, scored twice and knocked in three. Soccer The varsity girls? soccer team finished the regular season Tuesday with a 4-0 win over El Dorado, finishing as Sierra Valley Conference champions with a 10-0-2 record. The Eagles, 12-2-2 overall, open the playoffs next week. In the 4-0 win over the Cougars, MacKenzie Mercier scored three goals, while Janae Gonzalez scored the other. Gonzalez and Hannah Osuna added assists, while Sarah Hollingshaus and Shandy Nanomantube took care of protecting the goal. The junior varsity team earned a 3-1 victory. Makena Totushek scored twice and Mary Meyer added the third goal. Sarah Sobottka had one assist.