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Month: May 2021
It was no surprise that Vacaville Christian High School pitcher Emerson Meggers and catcher Macy Webb were the stars in the Falcons’ 13-10 softball win over visiting Golden Sierra on Tuesday afternoon.
They are the only two returning players on the squad, and eight of the Falcons never even put a mitt on until this season.
“They are captains on our team,” said VCS head coach George Everett. “They lead by example. I use them both for coaching the new girls.”
The coaching appears to be working, as the supporting cast did quite well in the victory that gave the Falcons a 2-1 record in Sierra Delta League play, while the Grizzlies slipped to 1-2.
Meggers is normally a middle infielder and has not pitched since she was 10 years old.
“We have all new players except for these two,” Everett said. “And we have two others who have played when they were 8U and Bobby Sox. So by proxy she (Meggers) is our starting pitcher. Mainly it’s her heart that keeps her out on the mound.”
Meggers completed the game and, although she allowed ten runs, including a four-run uprising by the Grizzlies in the sixth inning, she persevered in the circle on a blistering hot day. It was especially impressive in that both she and Webb are just getting over being sick.
“I was getting a little hot and tired but I know how to finish,” Meggers said.
She allowed 11 hits but struck out 17 batters of the 21 outs recorded. In the second inning she pitched out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out three consecutive batters. She also worked her way out of the tough sixth inning with two consecutive strikeouts and a groundball out.
Her battery mate, Webb, has seen Meggers on better days.
“Normally she is really on top of it and every single inning is usually just boom, three at-bats and done,” said Webb. “But both of us are pretty tired. We’ve been sick. So a little bit slow today.”
Webb wasn’t slow in an exciting play in the bottom of the third. After blasting a double that bounced off the fence in left field, she advanced to third on a Meggers single. When Ainsley Smith hit a hard ground ball to third, Webb found herself caught off the bag. She tried to head home but slipped and fell to the ground.
“I thought I was definitely out on that one because I tripped,” she said. “I thought that was a for sure out. I thought they were right behind me with the ball.”
What made her get up?
“My coach and everyone yelling at me,” she said with a laugh.
Webb then managed to stay in the pickle long enough to force an errant throw as she scampered home with the run. Eggers then scored on a single by Meagan Duarte, who drove in three runs on the day, to put the Falcons up 10-2.
VCS scored five times in the first inning, helped in great part by five walks issued by the Grizzlies starting pitcher. The Falcons got three more in the second inning aided by key hits from Meggers and Kyra Williams.
The Falcons got their final tallies in a three-run fifth headlined by Webb’s third hit of the game and a two-run single to left by freshman Paige Prentice.
Everett was very pleased with the progress his largely inexperienced team has been making.
“They are developing very well, 100 percent improvement from our first couple of games,” he said. “This (Meggers and Webb) is the heart of our team. And then our defense backing them up and our bats coming into play really well. They take care of each other. They are 100 percent supportive of each other. Win or lose, it doesn’t matter. I told them, ‘We don’t care about the score.’ Today was a great win because they worked really hard at it. But they always support each other.”– Co-Head Coach George Everett
Matt Sieger | Sports Reporter
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Vacaville Christian Athletics is excited to introduce our newest team member, Coach Awad. Coach Awad comes to us from Texas! Read his story…
My name is Wahed T. Awad and I will be the new Head Varsity Soccer Coach this coming Winter Season 2021-2022. A little about myself, I was born and raised in Texas. Yes, I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan along with FC Dallas Soccer, Texas Rangers, and Barcelona FC; you can say I love sports! My wife and I definitely try to involve ourselves in intramural sports to keep active. We are a military family that was relocated to California in mid August 2020 and are trying to adjust to the California environment and what it has to offer. We definitely love the mountains, as it reminds us of home.
My family and I love to explore new areas whether it’s by air, land, or sea – weather permitting, since we have a 2 year old son who we hope one day will be the next Messi and one new member of the family on the way. We have 3 dogs who are all rescues. We believe every dog should have a home with a roof over their head. Little fun fact, I enjoy the outdoors working on my lawn or doing some projects around the house. Grilling outside is another favorite of mine when it’s time to just enjoy the good ole fresh air. Before moving to California I coached for several years at a private school where I coached multiple sports from pre-K through senior high level.
Giving back to my community in Texas was very important t me. I volunteered to coach soccer and serve as a board member for the club for several years, helping to increase the love of the game of Soccer. Over the years, I’ve also helped coach a UPSL semi-pro soccer team in the DFW area with the goal of helping our players get the attention of college recruiters by having them attend some of our home games to see our players who want to continue playing the game at the collegiate level.
I can’t wait to meet all my new athletes and get down to business.
See you all very soon!
If you missed out on the free clinic going on May 15th, the Skills Factory Experience returns June 5-6 for a two-day camp. Intended for ages 5 yrs. to 14 yrs., the camp runs both days from 9am to 12 noon at the VCS Falcon Gymnasium.
WHO: Boys & Girls, 5-14 yrs. old
WHEN: June 5-6th
COST: $150/player for both days or $100 for only one day.
Space is limited and CDPH guidelines will be enforced. Each player must bring their own basketball and there will be special guests and prizes awarded!
Go to www.hoopitup3x3.net to register today!
This 2021 Swim season has been anything but normal. As the COVID-19 ban on high school sports was lifted in late January, the spring sports season took off running… swimming in this case… to prepare for whatever competition opportunities we could pull together. Counties across the Sac-Joaquin Section were all faced with the same daunting challenges: who can we play and who can even roundup enough student-athletes to field a team. Swim teams were no exception to these challenges. The Falcons built a schedule with six scrimmages and meets in total.
With COVID things were a little different than previous years, but we made due as a team. I am happy we were able to have a season and that each swimmer made the adjustments to the protocols.Grace Erkeneff, Head Coach
The Sierra Delta League Championship meet was made up of VCS, Rio Vista and Golden Sierra. The experience was amazingly! Even through the many challenges, the one thing that has made this spring so much better was seeing our student-athletes compete in each event with a renewed sense of joy and appreciation. As head coach Grace Erkeneff described, many of these student-athletes are new to the sport of swimming.
They all have improved tremendously and this is very gratifying as a coach to see each athlete excel in the sport. Some have made the jump to continue swimming outside of the season. This is something I love seeing, that they not only tried something new, but have gained a passion for the sport as well.Grace Erkeneff, Head Coach
Highlights from the Saturday, May 1, 2021 Championship swim meet:
-Elaina Craig broke the SDL record in the 200 free and she earned All League in the 200 Free and 500 free.
-Mason Releford broke the SDL records in the 200 free, 100 breast and the 50 free. He also received All League in the 100 breast and 50 free.
-Jordan Holden was 1st in the 100 butterfly and scored All League in this event.
-Megan Redican secured 1st place in the 100 free and gained All League in the 100 free.
-Elaina Craig, Jordan Holden, Maddie Quesada and Laura Everett all earned All League in the 200 free relay.
-Our second relay (Kaitlyn Uy, Rachel Nelson, Brianna Hanson, and Kyra Williams) was not too far behind and scored 2nd place VCS in the 200 free relay.
The girls made VCS history!!! They won league!!! What a well deserved win!!!-Grace Erkeneff, Head Coach