Vanden’s crooked number first inning ruins Crushers home opener

By Kyle Foster

Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive

Many times in baseball the game is decided in one inning. That was the case Tuesday for the Vintage baseball team in their 6-1 loss to Vanden.

In the games first round of at-bats Vanden (4-0) pounced on Crushers’ pitcher Zach Geary for five runs. A walk and a single led to a two-run double by Alejandro Belo. Walks of Andrew Rubalcaba and Andrew Smith moved Belo to third before Edward Russell fielder’s choice to Crusher shortstop Felix Ortiz scored Belo while Rubalcaba scored on a errant throw by Vintage second baseman Troy Ghisletta. Russell scored the Vikings’ final run of the inning on a Andrew Edmonds single.

“What I told our guys us that it’s a seven inning game, and we let them throw up a five spot in the first inning and they really did nothing the rest of the game, so you can’t really allow someone to beat you in one inning,” Vintage coach Rich Anderson said of the rough first inning for his team. “So I like the way we responded pitching wise after that, I thought Felix (Ortiz) and Felix that’s really his first time on the varsity mound to be honest with you, and I thought (Marek) Codron did a good job — so we’re happy with that, and I thought our guys were really poised they could’ve come unglued in several situations there — so we learned a lot today and what we need to get better at.”    

In the top of the seventh the Vikings added one more run to pad their lead.

The Crushers (2-1) scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Luke Leachman was hit by a Cody Switzer pitch and moved second on a passed ball. A Ortiz groundout moved him to third, and Zach Joson brought him in with a groundout.

Geary took the loss for Vintage. He went one inning giving up five runs. He walked four and got a strikeout.

Matt Allen got the win. The senior went six innings, striking out five and walking four.

“Give that guy (Allen) from Vanden credit he’s a lefty, he did a really good job today, he’s their number one guy and he was impressive,” Anderson explained of the Allen’s effort. “But yeah, we just didn’t get it going offensively.”  

Vintage will travel to El Dorado Hills today at 3:30 p.m. to face Sacramento area power Oak Ridge who’s ranked 18th in the Maxpreps Northern California rankings. Vanden will travel to the Sacramento area for their next game Friday 6:30 p.m. at Placer-Auburn.


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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