FAIRFIELD — Saying it was an emotional day would be an understatement.
There was more than a game to be played as the Vanden High baseball team held a ceremony for Coaches vs. Cancer before its 3-1 Solano County Athletic Conference victory over Benicia, Tuesday.
Vikings’ coach Ryan Adams said the goal was to not only raise funds but also awareness for the recipients.
Seven-year-old Lacey Garcia was one of the recipients in the ceremony. According to Adams, Garcia has a stage four Wilms’ tumor, which Adams says is similar to kidney cancer.
Garcia was given flowers by Ms. Vacaville and Ms. Fairfield and also threw out the first pitch.
“It was emotional seeing a 7-year- old go through that,” Adams said. “People were inspired by the whole thing. Both teams handled the ceremony stuff like class-acts. The event went really well.”
Another recipient the family of former JV coach Keith Ryan, who died of cancer in February, while the overall recipient was the American Caner Society.
There was a game at hand and all the action came in the bottom of the third as Vanden scored three runs, which were enough to get the win.
Walks were the theme of the inning as Vanden’s Rylan Haney, Jared Vitug and Eric Robles each earned a free pass with one out. With an 0-2 count, Eno Evans singled to left bringing in Haney and Vitug. Robles scored on a wild pitch as he maneuvered past the pitcher on a play at the plate to score the Vikings’ final run.
Haney also pitched a complete game for Vanden, allowing four hits an unearned run with four strikeouts.
“His command was good,” Adams said. “He worked both sides of the plate and got ahead of the count. He’s just a competitor. Any time you give him the ball you have a good chance of winning.”
The win brought the Vikings (17-4, 10-2 SCAC) to within one game of the Panthers (18-4, 11-1 SCAC) in the SCAC standings with three games to go in the regular season. Vanden travels to Benicia, Thursday.
Will C. Wood 4, Rodriguez 3: At Vacaville, the Mustangs allowed an early 3-0 lead to disappear as the Wildcats scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to hold onto the win in Monticello Empire League play.
Rodriguez (6-13, 5-6 MEL) was led by Dante Golden, who was 1 for 3 at the plate with an RBI, while Merrick Judson was 2 for 3 with an RBI for Will C. Wood (8-10, 4-7 MEL).
Tyler Pearsall earned the win for the Wildcats as he went 4 2-3 innings, allowing one hit with six strikeouts.