Vincent 8th grader tosses no-hitter
By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor
VINCENT – An eighth grader at Vincent Middle High School, Aiden Poe took to the mound for the Yellow Jackets on Saturday, March 6, and put together a flawless performance against Victory Christian on his home field.
While the Jackets put together an offensive spark featuring nine hits and 10 runs in five innings to pick up a 10-0 mercy-rule victory, it was Poe’s performance on the mound that was jaw-dropping.
The eight grader went the distance and earned a no-hitter in the win, while striking out 12 of the 18 batters he faced. If it weren’t for an error, two walks and a batter reaching on a dropped third strike, he would have finished with a perfect game.
Poe got through three of the five innings in order and struck out the side in the top of the second before finishing off his no-hitter in the top of the fifth by striking out the side once more.
In addition to his performance on the mound, the Yellow Jackets scored four runs in the bottom half of the opening inning to take an early lead in the game and give the young pitcher some breathing room on the mound.
Poe led off the bottom of the first with a walk, while teammate Eyan Davis followed suit. With two on and nobody out, Poe stole third and then scored on a passed ball. Shortly after, Davis, who had advanced to third during Poe’s base running, scored on a passed ball as well.
That was followed by a single from Zack Carlisle. Up 2-0, Carlisle added another run when he stole second and then scored after two passed balls brought him home.
Following two consecutive outs, Easton Fields doubled to right field to add another runner to scoring position.
Fields advanced to third on another passed ball before an error during Hueston Schiller’s grounder to third allowed Fields to come home for a 4-0 lead.
After a quiet second and top of the third, Carlisle led off the bottom of the third with a triple before Zack Wright singled to left field to make it 5-0 Jackets.
The scoring quieted down after that until the bottom of the fifth, when the Yellow Jackets decided to finish the game with a 10-run-rule win.
Vincent got a single from Carlisle to lead off the inning, which quickly turned into a run on a double from Wright. Following a walk to Dawson Davis, a ground out led to Wright scoring and Davis advancing to second.
A single from Schiller made it 8-0, before a walk to Hunter Burnette put another runner aboard. That was followed by a single from Cole Gowers, who drove home the ninth run of the game for the Yellow Jackets.
Down to their final out of the inning, the Jackets finished the game off when an error on a fly ball from Davis allowed Burnette to score the game’s 10th run for the 10-0 win.
Carlisle led the way at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance, scoring all three times he reached base. Wright finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Fields finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Schiller and Gowers each added one hit and one RBI.
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