RIO VISTA — The Rio Vista Lady Eagles clinched their first outright district championship since 1999 with a 7-0 win Tuesday over Hico.
Rio Vista improved to 10-0 in District 12-2A play with Tuesday’s victory over Hico as an undefeated district championship is also still within reach.
The Lady Eagles struck early with two runs in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI double from Maddie Westmoreland.
The score remained 2-0 over the next few innings until Rio Vista struck again in the fifth. Haila Linton hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on an error and then stole home to make it 3-0. After back-to-back singles by Westmoreland and Libby Hutchison, Emma Cox hit an RBI single to push the lead to 4-0.
In the sixth inning, Linton hit a two-run inside-the-park home run for a 6-0 lead en route to the 7-0 victory.
Linton finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs while Westmoreland was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Cox went 2-for-3 with one RBI and a walk and Autumn Adrian was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs.
Linton pitched a complete-game shutout with only four hits and no walks allowed with 12 strikeouts.
Rio Vista has two more district games left on the schedule — at Meridian on April 16 and vs. Blum on April 20 — in the Lady Eagles’ bid to finish as undefeated district champs.
Eagles fall to Frost, 4-3
The Rio Vista fell to 3-2 in District 15-2A with a 4-3 loss Tuesday at Frost.
The Eagles got on the scoreboard first in the second inning after back-to-back singles by Jett Macklin and Kaden Morgan. After a fielder’s choice and wild pitch moved Morgan to third, he was able to steal home on a first-and-third double steal for a 1-0 lead.
Rio Vista threatened to add to its lead in the third inning as the Eagles loaded the bases but couldn’t get the timely hit as the score remained 1-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Polar Bears made their move. After a leadoff double, Frost tied it with an RBI single. Two batters later, the Polar Bears took the lead on a Rio Vista error that made it 2-1 before an RBI groundout pushed the lead to 3-1.
In the top of the fifth, Rio Vista got one of those runs back as Mason Findley, who hit a leadoff double, scored on a Frost error. But the Polar Bears answered with an RBI single in the home half of the inning to reclaim a two-run lead.
In the sixth, Rio Vista got a two-out rally going as Josh Howard walked and Daniel Miser followed a double, putting Howard 90 feet from home. Two pitches later, Howard scored on a wild pitch and Miser advanced to third base but Frost got a strikeout to leave the tying run agonizingly close.
Needing a run to tie it, the Eagles received a leadoff single from Taylor Pritchett in the seventh inning but the Eagles went down in order from there on a groundout and two strikeouts.
Findley went 2-for-4 with a run while Pritchett was 2-for-4 to lead the Eagles.
At 3-2, Rio Vista is currently in fourth place in District 15-2A behind Italy (5-0), Abbott (4-1) and Frost (4-2). The Eagles are scheduled to host Itasca at 7 p.m. Friday.