RIO VISTA – Although Rio Vista placed third in the district standings, the Eagles finished with the second-most caps in the District 15-2A behind league champion Italy.
Rio Vista finished District play 15-2A with a score of 8-4, tied for win-loss column with Frost, but the Polar Bears edged the Eagles by a 2-1 record against face. The Eagles’ seven caps in the All Districts squad are only behind Italy’s eight caps and more than Abbott’s six and Frost’s five.
âWe did not finish as we wanted in the final district standings; However, the fact that seven of our kids are getting honors just shows that our kids fought and gave their all in the district game and the opposing coaches noticed it, âRio Vista coach Michael Vanderhoff said. .
Italy have claimed three of five superlative caps – senior MVP Gage Wafer, senior offensive MVP Kevin Rasberry and senior defensive MVP Reese Janek – but the Eagles are portrayed in great honor by sophomore sensation Taylor Pritchett as as District 15-2A Pitcher of the Year.
For Pritchett, who was also a superlative all-district pick in football, winning the pitcher of the year award is one example of how far we’ve come in a year on the mound, Vanderhoff said.
âTaylor has had a great season this year in all sports in sophomore,â said Vanderhoff. âHe pitched a bit last year for us, but it didn’t go well. I was even told that ‘This is not a pitcher.’ This year, Taylor gets the pitcher of the year. Taylor has set the tone in every game he’s been on the mound. His energy is contagious and I know when he’s up there he’s going to give it his all.
Pritchett went 3-1 in the district game with 14 hits, eight earned runs and 13 walks allowed against 32 strikeouts in 21.2 innings pitched for a 2.58 ERA. Pritchett also posted a team-leading .462 batting average in 12 district games with a 0.588 based percentage and a 0.722 hitting percentage with 13 RBIs and 17 runs with six more hits.
Second-year receiver Kaden Morgan and senior infielder Mason Findley represent the Eagles with the first-team selections.
“It was impressive to hear Kaden become the first team receiver,” said Vanderhoff. âUpon entering the district game, Kaden had caught zero innings in his baseball career. I felt like he was athletic and competent enough to step up and do a good job – I can say he exceeded those expectations. “
Morgan hit .222 but showed great patience at plate with a goalscoring percentage of .523 (the team’s highest 14 goals in the district) with 11 stolen goals, seven RBIs and 15 points. in the league.
âMason had a season of ups and downs on the court before the district,â Vanderhoff said. âBut once the district got there, you could see him playing all over the infield. Not to mention his bat this year. If the game was in play, late in the game, Mason was the kid we wanted to plate.
Findley reached .389 with a base percentage of 0.569 with 20 runs, nine RBIs and 11 stolen bases.
The Eagles take second-team honors across all districts, a senior trio of outfielder Anthony Perez, utility Noah Petty and designated hitter Daniel Miser as well as sophomore Jett Macklin.
In the District game, Perez hit 0.344 with a 0.450 on-basis percentage with nine RBIs and eight RBIs to go with 14 stolen goals in 11 games, Petty reached 0.405 on an on-basis 0.447 with 16 RBIs. and 14 points, Miser had a batting average of .341 with 11 RBIs and 14 RBIs, and Macklin was down .433 / .638 / .467 with 10 RBIs, six RBIs and 12 steals.
The 2020-21 school year was a year to remember for Rio Vista, and the Eagle baseball team – along with the Lady Eagle softball team – continued that success on the diamond. The Eagles won a bi-district title before falling into the region’s playoffs in a hard-fought two-game series against state-ranked Tolar.
And Rio Vista will look to build on this year’s success through 2022 with a number of returning letterers.
âI had four seniors who started for me this year; the others consisted of four sophomores and one freshman, âVanderhoff said. âIt will be difficult to replace the four seniors, but we have a few underclass students who are ready to step up and fill in these shoes. As for the returning starters, they know what the expectations are and the direction this program is taking. They will continue to meet all the challenges that will be thrown at them.