In only his first year at the varsity level, however, East Prairie freshman Quincy Ivie realized that dream when the Eagles took on visiting Scott County Central on Wednesday.
Facing only three batters over the minimum, Ivie struck out eight and walked three to guide East Prairie to a 10-0 mercy-win in five innings.
"It felt good," Ivie said. "My arm hurt a little bit there, but I warmed up and then I felt good. (I was using) mainly fastballs and a couple curveballs."
Getting things off to a hot start by fanning the first two batters he faced, Ivie went on to strike out a pair of Braves in each of the first three innings before retiring the side in order in the fourth.
His only trouble of the afternoon came in the top of the fifth when, with his team up by 10, an error and a pair of walks loaded the bases.
Having already fanned two in the inning to leave Scott Central down to its final out, Ivie got a swinging third strike to close out his no-hit bid.
"I think the key for him was he hit his spots today," East Prairie head coach Gary Scott said. "He threw a lot of strikes and it was a good effort from him. I noticed he kind of got behind a little bit there (in the fifth), but was able to bear down and work his way out of it."
Besides loading the bags in the fifth, Ivie hit a batter in the second and walked another in the third to account for Scott Central's only other base runners. In each instance, East Prairie catcher Ryan Mathis fired to second to catch the runner stealing for another out.
With the defense holding tight, the Eagles' offense got to work early with a two-run rally in the bottom of the first.
Following a pair of ground outs to start the game Zach Dawning hit a single before coming around to to score from second base on a hit by Mathis. Eventually reaching second, Mathis came home to score on an infield error to put East Prairie up 2-0.
After scoring another run in the third the Eagles opened the flood gates with a seven-run rally in the fourth following the departure of Braves' starting pitcher Tyler Masters.
Starting with a leadoff-single up the middle, seven straight East Prairie batters reached before coming around to score in a frame that sealed the win for the Eagles.
Hitting his second double of the contest, Mathis brought home a pair of Eagles before a bases-loaded fielder's choice by Dalton Golightly plated the eventual game-winning run.
"I thought we played pretty well," Scott said. "Quincy came out and done a good job on the mound of pounding the strike zone. He gave us a good effort right there. We were patient at the plate, got some free passes and then had some kids come through with base hits to push a few across."
Taking the loss, Masters pitched three solid innings before being lifted with an eye on Braves' upcoming schedule. He allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out two and not surrendering a walk.
"I had to pull Tyler there midway through (the game) to have him for this weekend," Scott Central head coach Matt Limbaugh said. "We have the Chaffee (Red Devil Classic) this weekend and I had to have him where he has some innings and where his arm still feels good enough to pitch.
"Tyler threw the ball very well, but we're in a tough situation where we have six games this week and our pitching is very depleted to begin with. We only have one guy who has ever pitched before this season (on the roster). We're working a lot of guys in to a new role as a pitcher and that's a tough role to learn and overcome."
East Prairie improves to 10-4 on the season with the Braves now 3-9.
Scott Central 000 00 - 0 0 3
East Prairie 201 7x - 10 8 1
WP -- Quincy Ivie. LP -- Tyler Masters. Multiple hitters: (EP) Ryan Mathis 3-3. 2B -- (EP) Mathis 2, Quincy Ivie.