On Tuesday, April 26th, senior Austin Roberts pitched a complete-game no-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over Inderkum High School at RCHS’s Baseball field, throwing a total of 97 pitches with two walks, one hit batter and did not allow a runner to reach second base.
According to varsity baseball coach Clint Brill, it is only the fourth no-hitter thrown in the history of River City/Marshal High School varsity baseball. The others pitchers being, Robert Dodd, David Trussell, and Lorenzo Pineda.
“It is an awesome feet that Austin and the team accomplished. Memory of a lifetime,” said Brill.
River City jumped to a three run lead in the first inning and added two more runs in the second. The sixth run was tacked on in the bottom of the sixth when the no-hitter was starting to seem like a real possibility.
Junior catcher Kamron Johnston, who called the whole game from behind the plate, said, “I wasn’t really thinking about it, I was just focused in the moment.”
Coincidentally, a twelve year old Johnston was playing third base when Roberts threw a perfect game in West Sacramento Little League.
Most of the pitches Roberts was throwing were fastballs and sliders and he recorded eleven strike outs in 7 innings. He struck out the side in the fourth, retiring their 3, 4 and 5 hitters.
Every no-hitter has important defensive plays that save the pitcher’s effort. Johnston made a great play on a bunt down the first base line to throw Inderkum’s fastest runner out by a step.
Junior second basemen Sebastian Salazar made a big league play on a ball hit sharply in the 3-4 hole. Salazar scooped it up and just had enough time for a glove flip to senior first basemen Austin Jacobs, getting a big out in the 3rd inning.
Along with their strong defense, Roberts was able to help the team with his bat as well. He went 2-4 with two big hits to left field, knocking in 3 RBI’s. Roberts is batting .577 (15-26) over his last 8 games, with 12 RBI's.
Other notable hitters in the game were senior Ryan Walstad who went 2-2, with 2 walks, a double, a triple, and 3 runs scored. Walstad has been on a hot streak, notching his 9th straight multi-hit game batting .576 (19-33) during this stretch, with 15 runs scored. Remarkably, he has reached base safely in all of River City's 18 games, has scored at least one run in 17 games, and has hit safely in 16 games.
Roberts’s no-hitter and the league victory against Inderkum comes at a critical moment in the season as the Raiders are competing for a spot in the post season playoffs. It was a signature moment for Roberts whose historic career for River City is nearing its end and he moves on to pitch at Sac State on a scholarship next year.
“Thanks to my teammates and to Kameron for calling a great game. And thanks to my coaches for leaving me in the game,” said Roberts.