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Vista wins three games at SureWest Tournament

By: Brett Ransford Telegraph Correspondent
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Finishing sixth out of 16 made for a successful tournament for Vista del Lago. The boys’ baseball team wrapped up the SureWest Tournament with a 3-1 record, losing its consolation game 7-5 to Woodcreek on April 4. For the Eagles, finishing the tournament two games above .500 included three straight wins over teams in Sac-Joaquin Section divisions above their own division. Vista picked up wins against Pioneer in Division III, Roseville in Division II and Ponderosa in Division I, a welcome sight after the Eagles lost its previous two league games. “We faced a lot of good teams and we had a lot of big hits from guys on our team throughout the tournament,” said infielder and pitcher Seth Sobottka. “There wasn’t any singular effort. We came out as a team. It’s a battle of who has the least errors and who has the most hits and I think we won most of those out here.” The Eagles outscored their opponents 30-17, holding two teams, Roseville and Ponderosa, to just two runs. Their first win, a 13-6 destruction of Pioneer, included all but one of Vista’s starters with at least one hit. Travis Fowlston hit 3-of-4 with an RBI, while Alex Muzzi hit 1-for-3 with a three-run homer. “I did OK, but I like how our team did,” Muzzi said. “We fought hard, beat good teams and lost two tough ones. We have momentum and we’re going to go ahead and win games from here.” Vista used the tournament, in part, to make a distinct transition, according to coach Scott Seffens. “We’ve got positions battles everywhere and it’s not just like before when it was to see who was going to screw up the least, now it’s who’s doing the best,” Seffens said. “We don’t really know what our lineup is going to be when we come back.” Offense was spread around by Vista players all tournament. The games also, however, involved pitchers giving up five or more runs in three separate games. “It was a good tournament for us,” Seffens said. “We beat Roseville, whose record wasn’t that good but they’re still defending section champs. We beat Pondo, we beat up Pioneer. It was all really good for us because we got shutout twice in league before these last few games.” Vista’s next game is at 4:15 p.m. today at River City before traveling to El Dorado on Tuesday. On Thursday the team plays host to El Dorado. Both games start at 4:15 p.m.