GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s Savannah Stephens had some issues in the field Wednesday but not at the plate. Helping her team out of an early hole, Stephens drove in six runs as the host Grizzlies won their Sierra Delta League opener 15-9 over Rio Vista.
At one point Golden Sierra trailed 8-2 as the left side of the Griz defense threatened to hand the game to the Rams. But on the strength of a six-run fourth inning and another seven in the fifth, the Grizzly bats came to the rescue.
Stephens fought off several pitches high in the zone before she drove one over the fence in right-center for a three-run homer to tie the game at 9-9. She singled in two more an inning later.
The Grizzlies rapped out 11 hits. Stephens went 3-for-4; Hollie Johnson, Wednesday’s starting pitcher, had three RBI singles; and Haley Leard was 2-for-3 and scored three runs.
Johnson went the first three and Marina Alexander pitched the last four.