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Playing their 10th game in a week finally caught up with the Lady Spartan softball squad Saturday. After rolling over Excelsior Springs for the third time this season in the opening game of the Richmond triangular, the Lady Spartans fell victim to the heat and the pitching of St. Joseph Lafayette’s Kelcey McMurray in the final game.
Richmond, now 11-5 for the season, managed just a leadoff single in the first by Megan Phipps and a first-inning single by Baylyn Jennings in the ballgame. McMurray then retired the final 11 batters as the Irish took a 10-0, 5-inning victory.
“We never could adjust to the faster pitch,” Richmond Coach Staci Maddux said. “We just got beat by a very solid team. We need to rebound and be ready to play hard the rest of the season.”
While McMurray was silencing the Lady Spartan bats, Lafayette collected a dozen hits, paced by leadoff hitter Baliegh McCrary who had 4 hits, including a double, while scoring 3 runs. Lafayette also got 2 hits apiece from the No. 2 hitter, McKenzie Jones and No. 3 hitter Jordan Korell.
The day began much better for Richmond as the Lady Spartans pounded out a 12-2 win over Excelsior Springs. Richmond got 13 hits in the 5-inning game with Stephanie Williams driving in 4 runs, and Phipps driving in 2 more.
“We played well,” Maddux said. “We hit the ball well and also took advantage of their Excelsior’s errors.”
The Lady Tigers were charged with 2 errors in Richmond’s 3-run first inning. The Lady Spartans put the game away in the third inning with an 8-run uprising. Richmond collected singles from Hannah Alpers, Jennings, and Williams along with a triple by Kayla Hewitt and a double from Hayley Padgett during the inning. Hayley Clubine also added a double and a single in that inning.
Alpers ended the game with 3 hits, including a double, as she scored 3 times.
Whitney Martens pitched the first 4 innings and gave up 5 hits and 3 walks. Clubine pitched the final inning and surrendered 2 hits and struck out 2 more while facing 5 batters.
Shayla Bunyan had 2 of the 7 hits for Excelsior Springs.
Photo: Lafayette’s McKenzie Jones (1) collides with RHS second basemen Alex Phillips early in Saturday’s game. Jones was ruled out following a lengthy discussion with umpires and Lafayette coaches. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News)