The Napa Valley College baseball team has won two in a row and is off to a 3-3 start in the nonconference season.

After losing last week to host Diablo Valley-Pleasant Hill, 9-2, Napa Valley bounced back with wins over visiting Lassen-Susanville at Storm Field, 9-4, and 14-5 over host Modesto Junior College.

The top hitters in the game against Diablo Valley were Trent Davis (2-for-4), Aaron Reardon (1-for-4), Carter Pennington (1-for-4, double), and Clayton Espino (1-for-1, double).

Ben Aguigui took the loss after starting and pitching five innings and allowing 10 hits, two runs (both earned), walking three and striking out three.

The leading hitters in the game against Lassen were Pennington (2-for-5, home run, three RBIs), Hunter Leavitt (2-for-3, double, RBI), Josh Abraham (1-for-3), Justin Banks (1-for-3), Sam Dinerman (1-for-4), Brooks Green (1-for-3, RBI), Tyler Whitehead (1-for-3), and Trent Davis (1-for-3, RBI).

Jacob Ray started and went five innings, allowing five hits, four runs (all earned), walked four and struck out four. Nick Adair got the win after pitching four shutout innings of relief and allowing four hits, walking two and striking out two.

Napa Valley had 16 hits and scored runs in bunches – five in the third inning, three in both the sixth and seventh innings, two in the ninth inning – against Modesto.

The top hitters were Green (3-for-4, four RBIs, double), Espino (2-for-6, RBI), Ryan Tolley (2-for-3), Banks (2-for-3), Addison Holzkamp (2-for-4, RBI), Reardon (1-for-6), Pennington (1-for-1), Carter Nott (1-for-2, two RBIs), Whitehead (1-for-2, RBI), Louis Hall (1-for-4, two RBIs), and Dinerman (0-for-1, RBI).

Felipe Gonzalez got the win after starting and going seven innings, giving up three hits, two runs (both earned), walking four and striking out seven.

Community College Softball

Solano in the rankings

Solano Community College, which is off to a 3-2 start, is No. 8 in the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association Northern California poll, released on Friday.

There are five Napa Valley players on the Solano team.

Community College Men’s Basketball

NVC listed in poll

Napa Valley College (14-11 overall, 10-4 Bay Valley Conference) is No. 14 in the California Community Colleges Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Northern California poll, released on Feb. 5.

Last week, the Storm beat Solano, 71-60, and lost to Yuba-Linda, 75-72.

College Softball

Oestriech makes debut for Illinois

Vintage High graduate Emily Oestriech , a junior, made her debut for the University of Illinois last week, pitching the Illini to a season-opening 9-1 win in five innings over Providence at the Friends of Jaclyn Invitational, hosted by UCF at the Soldier Creek Park at Longwood, Florida.

Oestreich, a transfer from Lake Land College of Mattoon, Illinois, got the win after going five innings and allowing one run (earned) on five hits, walking four and striking out three.

“I thought Emily Oestreich did a tremendous job in her Illini debut,” Illinois coach Tyra Perry said on the school’s website.

For the season, Oestreich is 1-2 with a 4.29 earned run average in five appearances (three starts).

College Basketball

Krill leads Wesleyan

Nathan Krill was the top scorer for Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut) as the Cardinals won two games last week.

Krill, a Justin-Siena graduate who is from St. Helena, scored 24 points and had six rebounds in a 74-65 win over host Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine Saturday.

Krill had 17 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in an 87-71 win over Colby on Friday in Waterville, Maine.

Imhoff leads Carroll

Carroll College (Helena, Montana) picked up two wins last week.

Napa High graduate Ryan Imhoff scored 26 points and had six steals and six rebounds in Carroll’s 91-84 win over host Rocky Mountain on Saturday in Billings, Mont.

Imhoff scored 28 points and had seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in Carroll’s 65-60 win over visiting Montana Tech.


Executive Sports Editor

Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the