By Kyle Foster
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
A slow start in league isn’t ever what you want. The Napa High softball team avoided that Friday with their 8-3 win over Vacaville.
“Yeah, it’s nice to just be able to get on the field again,” Napa coach Ron Walston said of the first league win. “Weather’s been crazy, but yeah, we definitely don’t wanna go down 0-2 in league, and Vacaville’s always tough, they can jump up and get you at any time, but we hit the ball well, Jenna pitched much better, defensively we played well, we ran the bases better, and if you’re making them earn it that’s what we’re looking for.”
The Indians’ (2-1 overall, 1-1 Monticello Empire League) got off to a fast start when they scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. After Grace Guzman walked and stole second Peyton Mott hit a two-run homerun to give Napa an early lead.
The Napa lead grew even more in the bottom of the third. After Mott, and Katie O’Donnell singled Lindsey Lehman launched a three-run homerun to give the Indians a 5-0 lead.
“Both of those at-bats they did a great job,” Walston explained of the roundtrippers. “They had a good count to hit on, they looked for a pitch and they got it, and took advantage of it.”
Napa would score two more runs in the bottom of the third, and one in the bottom of the sixth.
The Bulldogs (2-5-1, 1-1 MEL) got all of their runs in the top of the sixth inning.
It was a solid outing from Napa pitcher Jenna Baker who got the win. The junior pitched a complete game giving up all three runs, while striking out three and walking one.
“She had her spots a lot better, limited her number of pitches today,” Walston added on Baker’s outing. “I think she did start to get a little bit tired, but you know it’s early in the season, we haven’t been on the field a lot, but she definitely looked like she was in control today. Like I said I think she might’ve gotten a little bit tired at the end, but she hung in and did what she needed to do.”
Brooke Mitchell took the loss for Vacaville. In six innings of work she struck out eight and walked two. The junior also gave up all seven runs, but only five of them were earned.
Up next Napa will host Benicia on Tuesday at 4pm, while Vacaville won’t have their next game until April 2nd when they host Vintage.