The American Canyon High badminton team defeated Vallejo for the first time in a Solano County Athletic Conference match on Thursday at home, 8-7, getting four singles and four doubles wins.
The Wolves’ No. 1 singles player, Antoinette Nagal, defeated Christine Cunanan 21-11, 21-17, and still has only one loss on the season.
“It is our first league win but second win against the Redhawks,” said Wolves head coach Dorothy Gail Ramos. “The first was a scrimmage back in February at their school.”
Eliza Tobias and Maria Macatbag downed their Redhawks opponents for the first time in two tries this year, each in three sets.
Tobias won 21-18, 17-21, 21-14, and Macatbag prevailed 23-21, 18-21, 21-18. Evelyn Tran won 21-13, 21-16, at No. 2 singles.
Wolves pulling out doubles wins were No. 1 players Nagal and Tran, 21-11, 21-17, No. 2 players Nneka Chinaka and Vanessa Ramos, 21-16, 15-21, 21-13; the No. 4 duo of Leanna Bonalba and Carina Badua, 16-21, 22-20, 23-21; and No. 5 pair Tammy Lam and Jessica Ramos, 21-18, 21-11.
American Canyon’s Kaia Vega played in only her second varsity singles match of the season, falling 21-9, 21-8 to Pathy Page.
Also falling in singles were No. 3 Jessica Ramos, 23-30, 21-13, No. 6 Kaitlin Dang, 21-10, 21-7, and No. 7 Lam, 21-17, 21-8.
In doubles, No. 3 players Tobias and Macatbag fell, No. 6 players Genesis Billingsley and Sabina Mendoza lost 21-9, 21-16, and No. 7 players Malia Santiago and Catherine Ong fell 21-14, 21-7.
Varsity Boys Tennis
Justin-Siena 5, Marin Catholic 4
In the deciding match of Thursday’s Marin County Athletic League contest at Napa Valley College, the Braves’ first doubles team of Paul Kelly and Peiru Li lost the first set 6-4, but won the second 6-2 to force a super tie breaker. The Wildcats’ Troy Defree and Liam Hill tied the super tie breaker at 8-8 before Kelly and Li took the last two points to win the match for a Justin 10-8 win.
At first singles, Jose Chopitea dropped his match to Aidan Hall 6-1, 6-2. At second singles, Hauksin Zhang fell to the Wildcats’ Bermel Caron 6-4, 6-2. At third singles, the Braves’ Nicholas Reyna split the first two sets with Will Magnuson before taking the super tie breaker, 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4).
At fourth singles, Justin-Siena’s Evan Sanchez defeated Rick Sunderland 6-0, 6-1. Aidan Dolinar shut out Marin Catholic’s Harrison Goff 6-0, 6-0, and at sixth singles, the Braves’ Anthony Fanin beat Ryan Schroll 6-1, 6-0.
The Braves’ team of Desmond Humphries and Nhan Pham fell to Brandon Henry and Christian Gray at second doubles, 7-5, 6-3. At third doubles, Justin-Siena’s team of Jack Brown and Cole Cummings fell to Katyle Champian and James Mhyre 6-2, 6-0.
Vintage 4, Rodriguez 3, 9 innings
Having lost 16-4 in five innings to visiting Rodriguez two days before, the Crushers had the opportunity to erase the bad taste in their mouths and win the season series on Thursday. They did just that with an extra-inning victory in Cordelia.
Eli Wood (1 for 5) singled with two outs in the ninth and read a dirt ball that quickly allowed him to move to second base. Felix Ortiz doubled down the left-field line, scoring Wood for the lead.
Marek Codron, who had relieved starting pitcher Wood in the sixth, made quick work of the Mustangs in the bottom half of the frame giving the Crushers (7-7, 2-3 MEL) a hard-fought win.
“Hopefully that is the moment of the year that our guys remember as us turning the corner,” said Vintage head coach Rich Anderson. “To pick ourselves up and find a way to compete and win after such a terrible loss on Tuesday is just so great.”
The game was filled with great defensive plays, big hits and stellar pitching.
“Yes, we did some things well and we had some clutch performances,” said Anderson, “but we also made some mistakes. Heck, I even made a big mistake. But we didn’t let them detract. We just kept playing and competing.”
The Crushers, after getting held to three hits Tuesday, outhit Rodriguez 13-8. They were led by Felix Ortiz (3 for 5, two doubles, RBI), Troy Ghisletta (3 for 5, two runs), Jason Brandow (2 for 2, home run, two RBIs, three walks, run), Cole Ridling (2 for 4, triple, walk) and Wood (2 for 4, walk, run) and Harrison Kohagura (1 for 4). Davide Migotto was hit by a pitch.
American Canyon 7, Bethel 2
Junior pitcher Andy Pitt was dominant in his 80-pitch complete game for the Wolves (5-6-1, 4-2 SCAC) on Thursday, giving up two earned runs on three hits while striking out two and walking two.
Offensively, they were led by Nate Countouriotis (2 for 3, double, two RBIs, run), Liam Miller (2 for 4, double, RBI, three runs), Cam Peters (2 for 4, double, two runs), Jimmy Larson (1 for 3, RBI double), Jordan Fisher (1 for 3, double), Matt Zollinger (1 for 1, pinch-hit RBI single), Noah Myer (1 for 2, RBI) and Eli DeGuzman (1 for 2, RBI single).
Napa drops two to Wood
The Indians were tied 4-4 with host Wood on Tuesday after seven innings and, after the game was continued on Thursday at Mount Field, ended up falling 8-7 after getting outscored 4-3 in a wild 12th inning.
In Thursday’s new game, the Wildcats held off Napa 3-2 after taking a three-run lead into the sixth. Napa (7-8, 1-3 MEL) hosted Wood (3-1 MEL) again on Friday.
American Canyon 21, Vallejo 0, 5 innings
Rylee Armijo threw a no-hitter Wednesday at home, hitting three batters but walking just one and striking out four for the Wolves (10-3, 4-1). She threw 51 pitches in the five-inning game, cut short by the 10-run mercy rule.
American Canyon’s 15-hit attack was led by Katherine Montuya (3 for 3, triple, RBI, walk, four runs), Lisa Bolton (2 for 4, two doubles, two RBIs, two runs), Greta Fast (2 for 4, double, two RBIs, two runs), Bella Delgado (2 for 3, RBI, two runs), Julia Thompson (2 for 4, RBI, two runs) and Francesca MacDula (2 for 2, RBI, two runs), and also included Armijo (1 for 1, RBI, three walks, three runs) and Maddy Chambers (1 for 2, two RBIs, walk, two runs). Lylaine Jove, Jenna Kansanback and Robyn Elizabeth-Yan added walks.
Rodriguez 6, Napa 3
The Mustangs led 3-2 after three innings and pulled away with a three-run fifth – keyed by their second home run of the day – in Wednesday’s MEL win over visiting Napa.
The Indians, down 6-2 in the seventh, mounted a comeback when Grace Guzman (2 for 4, run) led off with a single, took second on a Brianna Bowers sacrifice bunt, took third on a Peyton Mott groundout, and scored on a single by Katie O’Donnell (1 for 3, sacrifice bunt, RBI). Pinch runner Drew Somogyi then took third on a single by Lindsey Lehman (3 for 4). But with the tying run at the plate, Kimmie Walston (1 for 4, run) lined out to third base.
Jenna Baker (2 for 3, two RBIs) and Makenna Walls (1 for 2, run) also helped the Indians outhit the Mustangs 10-9. Baker went the distance in defeat, allowing three earned runs on nine hits, three walks and two strikeouts.
Justin-Siena drops two
The Braves fell 7-3 at nonleague foe Berean Christian on Wednesday after taking a 3-1 lead in the top of the second inning. Their 10 hits came from Melissa Corona (3 for 4, triple, RBI, run), Melissa Lozano (2 for 4, RBI, triple), Victoria Politz (1 for 2, triple), Clare Halsey (1 for 3, walk, run), Vianca Dagnino (1 for 3, walk), Clare Halsey (1 for 3, run) and Clare Garcia (1 for 3).
On Thursday, their campus field now a construction site for a senior care facility, the Braves (5-6, 1-4 MCAL) played their first home game at Napa Valley College and fell 17-1 to Marin Catholic in four innings.
American Canyon 10, Bethel 3
Starting pitcher Mason Brodit pitched four innings for the win Thursday, giving up three earned runs on six hits, five walks and four strikeouts. He helped his cause by going 1 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Adonis Raguindin pitched the last three innings, giving up just two hits and striking out four.
Kyle Racel stayed hot offensively, going 4 for 5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Also hitting were Angel Yee (2 for 4, double, two RBIs, run), Riley Carlos (1 for 3, RBI, two runs), Jacob Atanacio (1 for 3, RBI), Wyatt Stribling (two RBIs, run) and Angel Cota (1 for 4).