The Napa High baseball team showed some grit in its final nonleague game Monday, nearly erasing a seven-run deficit in the late innings before falling to visiting Oakmont, 7-6.
The Indians (4-3) trailed 7-0 before scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth and coming up just short with a two-out, four run rally in the sixth, after which the game was called.
Nathan Jessell and Brandon Herter (1 for 2) walked to open the fourth for Napa and, after a pitching change, Andrew Raymond also walked to load the bases. Jessell scored on a wild pitch and, after a strikeout, Trent Maher (2 for 3) singled in Herter to make it 7-2. After a popup, Maher was caught stealing to end the rally.
Omar Gonzalez relieved and held Oakmont to a two-out single in the fifth and a walk in the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth, James Palm (1 for 1) led off with a single. Two outs later, Gonzalez (1 for 3) singled and Palm scored on an error. After two walks loaded the bases, Gonzalez stole home on a triple steal, and Caden Cortese (1 for 4) singled in Colton Maher (1 for 3) and Jason Pridy (1 for 2) to make it 7-6. But a fourth pitcher came in and induced a game-ending groundout.
Charles Gravett added a single and took the loss after pitching the first two innings, allowing four unearned runs on four hits and one strikeout.
The Indians are scheduled to host Wood in the Monticello Empire League opener at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Rodriguez 7, American Canyon 0
The Wolves went into Monday’s game on fire, having outscored their first four opponents by a combined 48-4. But they were surprisingly punchless at Rodriguez, managing only one hit – a double by pitcher Lisa Bolton.
Bolton also fired nine strikeouts, giving her 45 in four starts this season, and helped keep the game scoreless until Rodriguez scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth.
“Rodriguez started hitting the ball, we had a couple of costly errors, and wet weather didn’t help,” American Canyon head coach Roger Harris said. “Bottom line, we didn’t hit.”
The Wolves (4-1), who fell to 1-3 all-time against Rodriguez, are scheduled to host Windsor at 4 p.m. Friday.
Davis 11, Vintage 4
The Crushers fell to the visiting Blue Devils on Tuesday in a match that featured close sets throughout.
Vintage got singles wins from No. 6 Mary Lastrella, 21-4, 21-10, and No. 8 Emma Hall, 16-21, 21-13, 22-20, and doubles wins from No. 1 players Anna Douglas and Izza Belle Ygnalaga, 21-18, 21-16, and No. 4 players Zoie Cortez and Lastrella, 16-21, 21-18, 21-17.
At No. 1 through No. 5 singles, respectively, Davis players won 21-11, 21-14 over Bella Campbell, 21-19, 21-12 over Martha Arroyo, 21-11, 18-21, 21-16 over Maryanna Reyes, 21-11, 18-21, 21-19 over Ygnalaga, and 21-14, 21-10 over Douglas. Cortez lost at No. 7 singles, 21-14, 21-7.
The Devils won doubles matches over Campbell and Reyes, 21-16, 18-21, 21-19, over Arroyo and America Baltazar, 21-17, 21-10, over Hall and Ixchel Sanchez, 16-21, 22-20, 21-18, over America Garcia and Fatima Pena 21-12, 21-13, and over Vineela Donthi and Carla Magana 21-18, 21-14.
Napa 13, Rodriguez 2
The Indians improved to 3-1 with Friday’s home win.
Winning at No. 1 through No. 8 singles, respectively, for Napa were Chelsea Pascual 21-15, 21-17, Dulce Chocooj 19-21, 21-11, 21-16, Vanessa Garcia 21-13, 21-10, Emily Chapman 21-9, 21-15, Mindy Rojas 21-17, 21-18, Elina Chapouris 21-14, 21-14, Lucero Alvarez 9-21, 21-19, 21-11 and Bella Pineda 21-13, 21-18.
Napa winners at No. 1 through No. 5 doubles, in order, were Chocooj and Pascual, 21-15, 21-19, Garcia and Rojas, 13-21, 21-17, 21-12, Chapman and Alexandra Martinez, 21-18, 21-12, Chapouris and Pineda, 21-18, 21-11, and Yulissa Zambrano and Anahi Tovar, 14-21, 21-11, 21-15.
Rodriguez got wins over No. 6 players Maya Cisneros and Jacqueline Perez, 22-20, 21-17, and No. 7 players Lucero Alvarez and Rubi Gaspar, 18-21, 21-12, 21-18.
Varsity Boys Tennis
Benicia 8, American Canyon 1
Billy Biondini denied Benicia the shutout with a singles win for the visiting Wolves on March 8.
Varsity Boys Golf
Vintage 193, Rodriguez 261
The Crushers (3-0 Monticello Empire League) shot a season low score in a match played in windy and rainy conditions at Rancho Solano Golf Course in Fairfield on Tuesday.
Leading the Crushers were Riley Hatfield, Jacob Aaron and Dylan McIntyre, each with a nine-hole round of 37.
Will Hiserman (40), Ben Poulsen (42) and Zach Guck (45) also played in the match for Vintage.
Vintage places ninth in tournament
Vintage shot a 424 total and took ninth place out of 20 teams on Monday at the 23rd annual Thunder Invitational at Whitney Oaks Golf Club in Rocklin.
Riley Hatfield led the Crushers, shooting an 80. Will Hiserman carded an 81, Jacob Aaron had an 83, Zach Guck shot 88, and Ben Poulsen had a 93.