Three seasons ago, the American Canyon High softball team lost a single-run and 10-inning heartbreaker against Antioch in the North Coast Section playoffs. The winner of the run got a swinging butt base hit.
Wolves’ pre-season match on Wednesday did not require any additional details.
The American Canyon scored early and often, with the Panthers winning 17-4 after 4 1/2 innings as a 10-run rule.
The Reagan Jackson stopstop started with a grand slam, a three-run homer and eight RBIs. The Cal State Northridge senior said he had played two homers before, but did not believe he had eight RBI in a game.
The three-run home side arrived at the second inning and no doubt. He arrived in the third Grand Slam and had enough to clear the fence.
Jackson admitted that he and his teammates have very good chemistry and a lot of fun on the field.
“I think it happened over time,” he said. “In my first year, I made friends with people in my degree and then other people came out. Now everyone knows what we are doing, they come to practice and do what we have to do. ”
A year ago, American Canyon was 13-2 overall. Unfortunately for Wolves, there was no pre-season, so the team was unable to compete for the crown of the section.
Coach Roger Harris hopes this team will play even better this season.
“I don’t think we reached our full potential last year because the season was very short,” he said. “We only played three games last season (due to the pandemic).”
American Canyon lost little time on Wednesday, scoring four goals in the first inning, six hits in a row.
Angela Rodriguez took a corner kick from the right, but Alexis Abalos made a great save. Leila Jackson made a single to put the runners in first and third place. Abalos got the second round in a delayed robbery as he caught Leila Jackson between first and second. However, Jaida Fulcher doubled the lead, Yanessa Rosas had a single RBI and Reagan Jackson made it 4-0.
The Panthers went 4-3 in the second with three, though they didn’t get a single game against Fulcher.
The only negative of the day in the American Canyon was four mistakes without winning all the races.
“I know it’s only the third game, but I want to be able to finish it,” Harris said. “We had a hard time closing (in the second). But there is a lot of camaraderie with these kids. They are fun teams, very fun. ”
The Wolves didn’t let those defensive failures affect them at the bottom of the second, scoring another six goals to make it 10-3. After the two were ruled out, Rodriguez walked in and scored a goal for Abalos’ RBI doubles. Rosas had a single two-run run and then Jackson unloaded over the fence on the left field for his three runs.
Wolves had a total of 16 hits. Abalos was 3 out of 3 with three runs and two with RBI. Leila Jackson was 2-2 and reached the base three times. Fulcher had 2-3 and hit the base four times, Rosas scored 2-3 and three goals, and Kylee Sandino had two hits and two RBIs.
Harris said that with Rodriguez and Abalos the top of the lineup sets the tone for the rest of the lineup.
“As far as our location is concerned, we usually have a cleanup in four bats,” he said. “It’s good for them to move forward. It happens when things go wrong. I think (Abalos) has eight hits in our first three games. ”
Even though Reagan Jackson’s first homer was a monster, Harris said it wasn’t the longest he’d seen.
“We had someone hit a short stop on the JV baseball field,” he said. “Last year we ran 25 home runs in 15 games and had two girls with six.”
Reagan Jackson, who nearly killed an unassisted trio in the fifth, is confident the team can be sharpened on defense.
“We just have to learn our pitchers,” he said. “Our three pitchers have something different. They work for outings, that is, they get ground balls and they get pop-ups. All we have to do is adjust to that. ”
American Canyon 17, Antioch 4
Next game: Friday at St. Helena: 6 p.m.
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