Young Eagles have bright future

By: Matt Long
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With 12 freshmen and sophomores making up the varsity softball team at Vista del Lago, there’s no doubt that the team will go through some ups and downs this season. After starting the season with four straight wins, the Eagles, 1-3 in league and 9-7 overall, dropped six of seven games before winning four of five. It’s truly been a roller coaster ride so far. The highlight of last week was the team’s first league win on Thursday when they defeated Union Mine 4-2. Katie Dolan and Tayanna Mata each had two-run singles in the second inning to give Vista a 4-1 lead. That was all the runs that pitcher Morgan Theis needed, as she shut down the Diamondback offense. “That was our best game of the season,” Vista coach Robert Reed said. “We played a really good game and we needed that first league win so the girls believe that we can challenge teams in our league. That win led us into the tournament over the weekend.” At the River City Tournament, Vista defeated McClatchy, 9-3, Loretto, 10-0 and Yuba City 6-3 on its way to the championship game, before losing to Armijo, 12-2. “I was pleased with the tournament,” Reed said. “We’re just trying to develop consistency and learn how to play at the varsity level. We’ve got tons of potential. One of the things I really like about this team is that there’s no quit in them. I also like our versatility and our team speed.” Reed said that Brittney Soares, Christina Guidry and Theis are the players who get the team going. Catherine Guidry adds team speed and Dolan played well during the tournament. “It was a complete team effort,” Reed said. “We have a roster of 12 and all the girls got in every game and contributed.” Vista will go for its second league win on Thursday at Galt, when they face the Warriors at 4:15 p.m.