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No-hitter, home run for Risucci as VCA rolls on

By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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The Valley Christian Academy baseball team passed a major test with flying colors Tuesday as the first-place Lions dominated third-place Faith Christian 15-0 in a Sacramento Metro League game. VCA scored six runs in the first innings and added four in the second and third innings to build an insurmountable lead, especially in light of the five-inning no-hitter crafted by David Risucci. Risucci struck out 13 and walked two in the game, shortened due to the 10-run mercy rule. He was particularly effective the first trip through the batting order as he fanned the first nine hitters he faced. “Risucci was overpowering today,” said Valley Christian coach Brad Gunter. “The fourth inning started with a line drive over Donovan Allen’s head at third base and he made a great leaping catch. That was the pivotal play that kept the no-hitter in place. Risucci only threw 70 pitches on the day and had all four of his pitches working for strikes.” The Lion pitcher was also the offensive instigator for Valley Christian. Risucci led off the home half of the first with a home run that got things rolling, after which Junior Casas and Ryan Cordell singled before both scored on a Justin Reiner double. Cordell (2-for-2) and Paul Finnell (3-for-3) also played long ball for VCA, which received major offensive contributions from numerous sources. Casas had three hits, while Donovan Allen and Chris Parker each delivered a pair of knocks. “This was a huge victory for league standings today and my players answered the call very well,” Gunter said. The Lions look to continue their run at a 12th consecutive league title when they head to Yuba City for a rematch with Faith Christian Friday afternoon.