By Kyle Foster
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
Baseball and rain aren’t ever a good mix. The Napa High baseball team found that out in their rain-shortened six inning 7-6 loss to Oakmont of Roseville.
The Vikings’ (3-2) jumped out to a 7-0 lead after four innings. They scored two runs apiece each in the first, second, and third innings. They scored what would prove to be the winning run in the top of the fourth.
“We came out flat,” Napa coach Todd Pridy said of the start of the game, “we came out and for all the good things we did very well last week, we regressed today, and I need to kinda sit back and think about how that occured because after such a strong week to have a home game where you know weather’s coming in, it’s going to be a challenge to be on the field anytime soon, to not be excited, enthusiastic, ready to put your best foot forward, we had some glaring miscues on the field that hurt us.”
In the bottom of the fourth the Indians’ (4-3) started their comeback. Walks of Nathan Jessell, Brandon Herter, and Andrew Raymond loaded the bases with nobody out. On a 1-0 wild pitch by Alec Gums to Charles Gravett, Jessell scored, and the runners advanced a base. A Trent Maher single brought in Herter.
Napa put up a four spot in what would end up being their final at-bats in the bottom of the sixth inning. James Palm singled and advanced to second on a Trent Maher groundout. Palm scored when Omar Gonzalez singled. After the Gonzalez single Colton Maher and Jason Pridy reached on walks. On Jared Bergstrom’s 2-2 wild pitch to Caden Cortese Gonzalez scored, and Cortese knocked in Maher and Pridy with a single.
“Well, who knows how this thing goes if it goes all the way through seven, Pridy pondered of what could’ve been if the game would’ve been a regulation game. “We pull within making it an interesting game, and then now it’s time to clear the field, so that’s unfortunate, the guys did fight back.”
The Indians used four pitchers on the day, the one that shined the most was Gonzalez. Following a brief rain delay he took the mound for the final two innings where he struck out three and walked one.
“What we continue to learn more and more about Omar is just how truly competitive he is, and he understands to be competitive you don’t necessarily have to be the biggest and strongest,” Pridy explained of his sophomore pitcher. “There’s other ways to compete, and boy he knows how to accentuate what he’s got.”
Napa is slated to begin Monticello Empire League play Thursday afternoon; however, rain is forecasted for the next four days. Oakmont is supposed to play against Woodcreek-Roseville today at 4 p.m., but they face the same weather issue Napa does.