By Kyle Foster, photo courtesy of Don lex (LuckyDuckImages.com)
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
It’s always nice to beat your crosstown rival. The Napa High softball team did that Wednesday with a 13-3 win over Vintage.
“We hit with runners on, we played defense, they were flat yesterday (5-2 loss to Rodriguez), and they definitely came out with their normal energy today,” Napa coach Ron Walston explained of the things his team did well in the game.
“I think they’re a great team all around — hitting, defensively,” Vintage first-year coach Cat Guidry said of Napa. “I think they’re going to give a lot of teams including us a run for our money, I hope the next time we see them (April 20th) it’s going to be a little bit better and we can give them a run for their money, but I think they’re going to do great, I think both of our (Napa) teams are going to do very well this season and I hope we see them somewhere in the playoffs this season.”
The Indians (8-2 overall, 2-2 Monticello Empire League) got off to a fast start by scoring right away in the bottom of the first, when they scored two runs. Grace Guzman reached on an error and stole second to set up a scoring opportunity for Brianna Bowers who singled in Guzman. Bowers scored on a Lindsey Lehman sacrifice fly.
Napa added three more runs in the bottom of the second to extend their lead to 5-0.
The Crushers (0-7, 0-2 MEL) scored their first run of the game in the top of the third. Morgan Hernandez reached on an error by Napa shortstop Haylee Giarritta, and scored on a Sierra Crocker triple.
The Indians tallied another three runs in the bottom half of the third to make it 8-1.
Napa added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend their lead to 12-1.
Vintage made the game go another half inning after scoring two in the top of the fifth. Following a Grace Chelfo single she scored on a Jordan Allen double. Allen later scored on a Hernandez double.
“It was exciting because we’ve had very little of that this year, but it was very exciting especially against Napa, so that was awesome to see,” Guidry said of the runs in the top of the fifth that extended the game.
The Indians scored their final run of the day when Baker singled home Mila Valentine who singled and move to second earlier in the inning.
Baker got the win for Napa. The junior went all five innings giving up all three Crusher runs. She also struck out three and walked two.
Cassidy Schweizer took the loss for Vintage. She gave up all 13 Napa runs, 11 of which were earned. The senior walked three on the day.
Vintage’s next game won’t be till next Monday when they head to Fairfield to face Vanden at 3:30 p.m.; Napa will play in the NorCal Classic in Tracy Thursday at 5pm against East Union-Manteca.