The Calistoga High baseball team bounced back from a deflating road loss to St. Vincent with its first win of the season Friday, defeating visiting Tomales 8-2 in a nonleague game.
Key to the victory for the Wildcats was its effectiveness on the base paths, successfully stealing 10 of 11 bases.
Calistoga (1-3), which out-hit the visitors 7-3, jumped out to a 3-0 lead before surrendering two runs in the fifth inning. Starting pitcher Manuel Zavala, who earned the win, was pulled after tossing 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, two hits, three walks and struck out five.
Ben Fitzpatrick shut out the Braves in his relief outing, scattering three hits, three walks and struck out six batters over the final 2 2/3 innings.
Zavala (1 for 3, three RBIs) blew the game open with a bases-loaded double in the bottom half of the fifth. That knock was his second extra-base hit of the season.
Flavio Fernandez went 2 for 4 with two runs and three stolen bases. Fitzpatrick finished 1 for 3 with two runs and two steals.
“These guys really responded well from a meeting we had on Tuesday after the St. Vincents game,” said Wildcats head coach Earl Caruthers. “I’m hoping this will be the turning point in our season. I was really proud of my seniors. They stepped up today and got the job done.”
Calistoga 13, Tomales 0
The Wildcats (1-0) opened the season with a comfortable victory over the Braves last Friday in a nonleague game in Calistoga.
Individual statistics were unavailable at press time.