Vintage takes final baseball Big Game of season over Napa to clinch playoff spot

By Kyle Foster

Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive

YOUNTVILLE-You want to always take at least one game against your crosstown rivals when you play them. Vintage did that with their 8-6 win over Napa Wednesday.

For Vintage senior Jason Brandow the win is a good way to round out the regular season.

It was all around good baseball today for the last game, it was great to see that, great to be a part of that too, so it made the last game even more enjoyable,” Vintage senior center fielder Jason Brandow said of ending the season with a win.

The Indians’ (15-12 overall, 9-6 Monticello Empire League) struck first in the game. In the top of the first they scored a run when Colton Maher walked and scored on Charles Gravett’s groundout.

Napa added another run in the second. Caden Cortese singled and scored when Andrew Raymond doubled.

Vintage (12-13, 7-8 MEL) took command of the game with a six-run bottom of the second. The inning was highlighted by Brandows three-run double that brought in Ronnie Porter, Harrison Kohagura, and Felix Ortiz.  

“Yeah it feels really good,” Brandow said of his bases clearing double. “I mean whatever I can do to help these guys win is what I’m trying to do.”

“Jason, he is super emotional, and I think that in his career sometimes his emotions got the best of him and really didn’t let him shine, and in his senior year I think he was able to control that many times and that’s why he had such good numbers and that’s why he had such a good second half of the year too,” Vintage coach Rich Anderson said of Brandow. “So, hopefully that growth and maturity will carry on because physically you know that’s why he’s got a scholarship and that’s why the scouts are interested in him. He’s a physical monster right now and it’s just if he continues to develop emotionally and mentally that’s going to be the difference maker.”  

The Crushers’ scored once more in the bottom of the third. After singling and moving up on a Zach Joson single Max Phipps scored on a Ortiz groundout.

Napa started to chip away from there scoring a run apiece in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to make the score 7-6.

“Napa High really swings it,” Anderson said of Napa’s fight. “They do such a great job and they had nothing to play for today, they already secured second-place, they already secured a playoff spot, and they still come out and really compete. And that’s kind of a trademark of Todd’s coaching and since he’s been at Napa High, so super impressed with that.”     

In the bottom of the sixth Vintage scored a crucial run to give them a two-run advantage. Kohagura doubled and came home on a Eli Wood sacrifice fly.

Neither starter lasted past the second inning.

Napa’s Caden Cortese went 1 and ⅔ innings walking two.

Logan Nothman, a freshman, made his second varsity start going 2+ innings on the day. He walked five and struck out one.

The win keeps Vintage alive in the playoff hunt. Armijo beatRodriguez in the Fairfield battle, so by virtue of owning the tiebreaker over Rodriguez the Crushers are in. Napa is already in by virtue of their win Tuesday. Go here for all playoff information.

Before the game Vintage honored Napa coach Todd Pridy who will be stepping down after a 17-year stint as head coach and 21 total years of coaching in the program.

“Todd sprung this (stepping down) on me late,” Anderson said of the ceremony before hand. “I didn’t know he was retiring and I was like ‘oh my god, we gotta do something for him’ and I’ve already just expressed how much I feel for him, so I also know that the Indian thing is a big deal of his, so I was sitting around I’m like ‘that’s it’ the Indian logo and him are going out at the same time and I said ‘I gotta put something together that kinda marries those two’, so I think we captured it today.”

Kyle Foster

Hello I'm Kyle Foster. I'm the the main sportswriter for Napa Sports Association, you can reach me at with story ideas. Follow my Twitter @NapaKyle for game updates!

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