RIO VISTA — After making the playoffs for the primary time since 2007, the Rio Vista Eagles made certain it wasn’t a brief, one-and-done journey within the postseason as they swept Axtell to assert a Class 2A bi-district championship and advance to the realm playoffs.
In sport 1 at house Friday night time, the Eagles claimed a 5-1 victory then completed off the sweep Saturday in Axtell with a commanding and thorough 12-2 victory.
“Rio has not had a lot success in baseball within the latest years. This playoff win reveals the youthful youngsters in the neighborhood that if you happen to purchase in and belief the method, something can occur,” Rio Vista Coach Michael Vanderhoff stated. “Our AD Kasey Black has been preaching that since day one and it’s paying off in all sports activities this yr in Rio Vista.”
In sport 1, Rio Vista sophomore Taylor Pritchett allowed solely 4 hits with no earned runs as he struck out 5 for the complete-game win. In sport 2, Kaden Morgan allowed solely two hits and no earned runs with 4 strikeouts to prepared the ground.
“Their performances had been completely big for us,” Vanderhoff stated of the Eagles’ pitchers. “They each set the tone early in sport 1 and a couple of. Their teammates feed off of their power and when this group performs with excessive power, they’re enjoyable to look at.”
Within the sport 1 victory, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead within the second inning on a Blaine Briscoe RBI single. Jett Macklin got here via clutch within the third inning with a two-out, two-run single to push Rio Vista’s result in 3-0.
Within the prime of the fourth, Axtell scored its lone run on a Rio Vista error however the Eagles received that run again within the house half of the fourth on a Kaden Morgan RBI single for a 4-1 lead. Rio Vista capped the scoring on a Noah Petty RBI single within the fifth.
Within the prime of the sixth, Axtell put two runners on with two outs and the Longhorns received a single to Daniel Miser in proper area. Miser fielded the ball and gunned down a runner at house plate to finish the inning and preserve the 5-1 rating in tact.
Along with Pritchett’s strong outing on the mound, he went 2-for-3 with a run offensively whereas Macklin was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Miser completed 2-for-3 with a run and Briscoe was 1-for-3 with one RBI.
It was a memorable playoff victory for the Eagles in entrance of their hometown and a packed baseball area.
“I’m not exaggerating once I say the entire city confirmed up,” Vanderhoff stated. “We pulled the softball bleachers over so as to add extra seating for this sport hoping to at the very least fill them up. We seemed up proper earlier than first pitch and there have been individuals all within the stands, across the stands standing shoulder to shoulder and all outdoors of the stadium down the primary base facet. The followers stayed loud the entire sport and it created a reasonably memorable environment for the boys.”
In sport 2, Rio Vista scored as soon as within the prime of the primary inning and Axtell answered within the backside of the second. After the Eagles reclaimed a one-run lead within the third, the Eagles took management with 5 runs within the prime of the fourth inning, highlighted by a Petty two-run single. All 5 runs had been scored earlier than a single out was recorded within the inning.
After the five-run fourth inning, Rio Vista matched it with 5 extra runs within the prime of the fifth en path to the run-rule victory.
Macklin went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Miser completed 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI, and Pritchett went 1-for-1 with two walks, two runs and one RBI.
Up subsequent, the Eagles will face Tolar within the Class 2A space playoffs subsequent week.
“We merely need to play with excessive power, whether or not we’re up or down within the sport,” Vanderhoff stated of what it can take to make a deep run. “When our guys are wired it carries over in each side of the sport for us. Proper now, one via 9, our youngsters are placing up high quality at-bats. In the event that they proceed to do this and our pitchers and protection stays dialed in, this is usually a enjoyable experience.”