GARDEN VALLEY — Rio Vista broke loose for seven, fourth-inning runs Friday to deal Golden Sierra a 13-3 setback to close the regular season.
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The Rams (11-0) are Sierra Delta League champs while the Grizzlies (7-5) need help to reach the postseason from Victory Christian in their season-ending game against Bradshaw Christian. If not, Golden Sierra and the Pride have a one game play off.
“It (winning and automatically qualifying) was in our hands but now we sit back and it’s a numbers game,” Griz coach Sonny Stephens said. “We didn’t have to win but we wanted too.”
The Grizzlies trailed 5-0 but scored twice in the fourth as Allie Widmann singled to lead off, Alorah Williams walked and Sadie Cross rolled an RBI double over the third base bag to plate Widmann. Kristine Mendoza singled in Williams — rare runs off Rio Vista starter Reyna Alvarez.
One Grizzly who solved Alvarez was Savannah Stephens who stung two sharp singles and had another hit up the middle for a 3-for-3 afternoon. The three hits left Savannah with a .764 batting average, one of the highest in the section and state.
The Rams had six hits in their big inning. Golden Sierra scored once more in the fifth when Savannah scored on a bunt by Samantha Bastien.
“It’s been a tough season physically and mentally but I think we played really hard today,” said Bastien who plans to play at Western Nevada JC for two years and then UNLV. “Every time it’s a battle at home against Rio Vista because we want revenge.”