Vanden High School Baseball Team Scores Nonleague Victory Over Benicia – The Vacaville Reporter
BENICIA — The pitching/wild pitching or the pitching/pasting ball are two of the weirdest ways to get on base during a baseball game.
Benicia pitcher Diego Menjivar knocked out Vanden second hitter Devin Paras with one out in the fourth. However, the ball was low and out and passed receiver Hunter Coombs.
Paris reached first on the play and finally got the go-ahead on Jake Tranchina’s RBI single for the Vikings, who edged the Panthers 9-4 on Friday in a battle of former Solano County Athletic League rivals.
That run revived the Vikings for the rest of the game as they added insurance runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
Meanwhile, Vanden’s two bullpen arms — Trevor Morse and Wesley Smith — combined for four hitless innings. Morse went three and Smith closed the door on the seventh.
Benicia said he struggled to adapt to Vikings starting pitcher DJ Anderson, who is tall and throws over Morse, who is shorter and throws from a different angle.
Vanden head coach Ryan Adams said there was no hidden strategy behind the decision.
“DJ is one of our rotational starters and we wanted Trevor to pitch a few innings today and then we’d finish with West,” Adams said. “There was no strategy behind it, just a coincidence.”
The Vikings got production from most of the starting lineup with the bench. Designated hitter Isaac Zaldivar, the No. 6 hitter, was 2-for-3 and drove in three runs — two in the first on a two-run single and another in the sixth with a scoring single.
“It’s actually his first game action. He’s dealing with an injury,” Adams said. “He is healing and getting better. They were his first at bats for us and getting in first and giving us the first two runs set the tone for us. It was really impressive. He had a quality day today.
The Vikings (5-0) scored three goals in the first and one more in the third to lead 4-1. The Panthers (3-2) tied the game 4-4 with a third three-pointer, including two on a two-point double from Anthony Chaney.
Vanden took the lead for good on Tranchina’s aforementioned RBI single in the fourth inning. The Vikings got another good break in the fifth when Jack Brooks’ bad-hop single scored Tyler James to make it 6-4.
The Vikings then opened the scoring in the sixth when Jovan Ochoa was hit by a pitch and scored on a wild pitch. Tranchina chose and scored on Zaldivar’s single.
Vanden added the final insurance run in the seventh as Brooks tripled to left center and scored on an error from Benicia.
The Vikings had 11 total hits. Brooks, Zaldivar and Kayden Omoso all had two hits.
Both teams combined for eight errors because mid-March baseball isn’t exactly where their coaches expect it to be in April and May.
“We’re still learning game by game,” said Benicia head coach Ryan Richardson. “(Vanden) are a great ball club and they capitalize on every mistake or every opportunity you present.”
Adams added: “We have to clean this up. I know it’s early in the season. If we aim to go far, we have to improve. We hung out a lot, so guys were coming and going, but that’s not really an excuse. We expect all of our guys to make routine plays.