Valley Christian baseball rolls in league opener

By: Staff Report
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The Valley Christian Academy baseball team opened Sacramento Metro League play Tuesday on its home field with a 20-0 rout of Lutheran High of Elk Grove. Justin Reiner tossed the first three innings for the Lions, with David Nichols and Rob Frank following him to the bump in a combined five-inning no-hitter. Valley Christian scored seven runs in the first inning and tallied multiple runs in each of its four times at bat, running away with a game in which the score could have been much worse than it was. The defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII champs held a huge talent advantage over Lutheran, as they cleared the bench in the second inning and did all they could to keep the score under control. “The score does not indicate what my players willingly did,” said Valley Christian coach Brad Gunter. “My players sacrificed their averages and egos so that the other team could leave the baseball field with dignity. Lutheran left our field yesterday in good spirits and my players made sure of that.” Ryan Cordell was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and four RBIs to lead the VCA offense. Paul Finnell and Gabe Miramontes each banged out a pair of hits and Reiner left the yard for the Lions. Valley Christian visits Pioneer in Woodland Thursday and then travels to Elk Grove Friday for a return date with Lutheran. The VCA junior varsity hosted East Nicolaus High Monday and took a 4-3 win. The game was scoreless into the seventh inning, when East Nicolaus scored three in the top half before the Lions answered with four to earn the victory. Elisha Richner pitched six scoreless innings for Valley Christian. Greg Ellis had a huge one out single to score the first run.