Not only did the Lady Spartan softball team bring home a second-place plaque from the Chillicothe Tournament on Saturday, but they also got a big boost of confidence as they head into a week filled with four games in five days.
Richmond won its first three games before dropping the title game to the host Lady Hornets, 3-0, and will take a 7-3 mark into this afternoon’s game at Smithville. Richmond Coach Staci Maddux was pleased with her team’s weekend.
“The girls played really well,” she said. “We had a few defensive mistakes, but continue to play through them. We hit the ball well at times with runners in scoring position and Hayley (Clubine) and Whitney (Martens) did a great job on the mound.”
Martens picked up two victories for Richmond, while Clubine added a win and a save to her weekend total. Maddux also added that the other half of the battery, Baylyn Jennings caught all four games and was very solid defensively.
Jennings was credited with 4 assists, while adding 4 hits and 5 RBIs offensively for the tournament.
The Lady Spartans opened the day with a 5-2 win over Tina-Avalon as Martens scattered 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6, with just one earned run. Hannah Alpers paced the offense with a triple and a pair of singles, while driving in 2 runs. Hayley Padgett also had 2 hits for Richmond.
The Lady Spartans followed their win over the Dragons with an 8-5 victory over Macon as Stephanie Williams and Alpers each drove in two runs. Jennings and Kayla Hewitt also drove in one run each.
“We are getting big hits up and down the lineup when we need them,” Maddux said.
Richmond scored 5 runs in the fifth to break a 4-4 tie. Clubine pitched all 5 frames and allowed only 3 earned runs while giving up 7 hits and 3 walks with a pair of strikeouts. She then finished the final 3 innings of Richmond’s 9-4 win over Carrollton in the semifinals to earn the save. Clubine retired 9 of the 11 batters she faced.
Richmond held a 3-1 lead after one inning, and a 5-1 advantage after two. Carrollton answered with a 3-run third inning to cut the Lady Spartan advantage to a run. Padgett drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth inning and advanced to third where she scored on a passed ball. Richmond then added 3 insurance runs in the sixth on a double from Alpers, a single by Clubine, a walk to Jennings and Williams and a ground out by Martens.
The Richmond bats struggled in the championship game as Alpers and Williams collected the only hits for the Lady Spartans in a 3-0 loss to Chillicothe. Sara Baldwin struck out 10 Lady Spartan batters for the Lady Hornets, while not allowing a walk. Martens gave up just a pair of earned runs and 3 walks for Richmond, while striking out 5.