Jared Hart put on a show for his family Friday night.
With his parents, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa and three-month-old cousin cheering him on, the senior pitcher, playing in his final regular season home game at Vista Ridge, threw a one-hit shutout in the Rangers’ 3-0 win against Westlake.
“What stands out is how well the team working together,” Hart said. “We’re more than a team, we’re all really good friends. I feel confident headed to the playoffs. We’ve got a strong pitching staff and everyone is hitting really good so there’s no reason not to feel confident.”
The win clinched a spot in the playoffs. It’s the seventh straight season the Rangers have advanced to the postseason.
Brady Nevit paced the Rangers’ offense, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs. Hart lasted the full seven innings and had a no-hitter going until the first out of the seventh inning. He had nine strikeouts and a pair walks.
“Jared did an outstanding job,” Vista Ridge Jason Bourgeois “We’ve got several pitchers that when they go out we feel we have a great chance to win. Throwing a one-hitter against a talented group like Westlake it a big accomplishment.”
Hart walked the first batter he faced, but got some defensive support and got out of the inning unscathed when he was caught stealing. Cohen Dillman scored on an error in the bottom of the first inning to give Vista Ridge an early lead.
Nevit hit a double to center field in the third inning to score Ryan Santschi. He then laced a 3-2 pitch to the left field wall for his second RBI double in the sixth to drive in Kyle John and extend the Vista Ridge lead to three runs.
The Rangers and Chaparrals end the regular season Saturday at 1 p.m at Westlake High School. The Rangers have two weeks off before the playoffs begin during the first weekend in May.
“Getting this win was big for us,” Bourgeois said. “We want to have a good work week next week and get ready for whoever in the San Antonio district we meet in the first round.”
Friday was also senior day for the Rangers as 15 players played their last regular season game at Vista Ridge.
They have been one of the best senior classes that I’ve had the opportunity to coach,” Bourgeois said. “It might not be the most talented group we’ve had, but it doesn’t make it less special. They bring things tot he table that make up for that and make them better. I wish we had them for four more years.”