EL DORADO — A day after demolishing a nonleague opponent, host Union Mine took care of Vista del Lago 7-2 Tuesday for its fifth Sierra Valley Conference victory without a loss.
One swing off the bat of Mickaela Robertson — a second-inning three-run home run — gave Union Mine the lead and all the run support pitcher Beth Hammer needed.
With Laura Dager and birthday girl Miah Linson aboard with two out, Robertson ripped a pitch into home-run territory.
“It was a high pitch … my favorite. I felt if I could line my bat up with the speed of the pitch … it (ball) would go,” Robertson said.
Robertson’s junior status makes her one of the D’backs’ few older players on a team that starts five sophomores and one freshman.
“I’m very excited for this young team. This was a very good win today — maybe our best of the season,” Union Mine coach Rob Diggle said. “Beth had good command, no walks, didn’t hit anyone and when you do that you keep the defense sharp and focused.”
Vista made good contact early before tailing off. In the middle to late innings, everything in play was right at a D’back. In several instances, Hammer threw nasty change-ups to send Eagles back to the dugout.
“I had to go at them early in the game before messing with some other pitches,” Hammer said. “I have a great defense behind me that I know will back me up.”
Union Mine scored another three in the third as Calista Almer (2-for-3) scored from third on a ball to the backstop and Hammer later followed with a two-run single to plate Shyanne Winje and Jessica Dager.
Vista utilized three different pitchers in the first three innings. The D’backs scored once more in the sixth on Madelynn Heape’s RBI single. Heape went 2-for-4.