RIO VISTA — Thanks in large part to an inspirational effort from sophomore Taylor Pritchett, the Rio Vista Eagles recorded a 10-0 win in five innings over Frost on Tuesday night.
A week after losing to Frost, 4-3, the Eagles dominated the Polar Bears this time around, led by a no-hitter from Pritchett, who was playing with a heavy heart after the death of his great grandfather, Bill Earley, on Monday night.
“Before the game, I called Taylor into the office and spoke to him about the game,” Rio Vista Coach Michael Vanderhoff said. “Without hesitation, he said he wanted the ball in his hand. His pitching performance showed nothing but grit, determination and focus. He was locked in from the first pitch. He started the game with a strikeout and ended the game with a strikeout and no-hitter. It was truly a gusty performance being in his situation. After the game he took a deep breathe and you could tell he gave it his all and the kids continued to have his back with support. It was a special moment for him and his teammates.”
Pritchett struck out six batters and walked three in the five-inning no-hit performance, his second no-hitter of the season.
Pritchett's great grandfather was a member of the 1959 co-state champion Cleburne Yellow Jackets football team.
While the Eagles’ win will long be remembered for Pritchett’s outing, it was also a substantial victory for Rio Vista in regards to the District 15-2A standings. With the win, the Eagles improved to 5-2 to jump into second place while Frost dropped to 4-3 and fell to fourth place.
After a scoreless first inning, Rio Vista gave Pritchett all the run support he’d need as the Eagles pushed across four runs in the bottom of the second. After a two-run third, Rio Vista pushed its lead to 10-0 with its second four-run frame of the game. And Pritchett closed it out in the top of the fifth for the run-rule win.
Noah Petty led the charge offensively with a 2-for-3, two-RBI performance that included a triple and a run scored. Daniel Miser went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs and Anthony Perez was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
The Eagles are next scheduled to visit Frost at 4:30 p.m. Friday.