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Things began promising Monday afternoon for Richmond in its season opener at Warrensburg. The Spartans pushed a pair of runs across in their first at bat of the new season, but the more experienced Tigers came back to control the rest of the game with a 10-2 victory.
Richmond collected a pair of hits in the first inning off Tiger starter Tyler Englehart, but then managed just two more over the remaining 6 innings. Warrensburg ended the day with 5 hits off three Spartan pitchers.
“Our guys threw the ball well,” Richmond Coach Brandon Quick said. “They didn’t get a lot of help behind them. Our inexperience showed and you can’t get away with mistakes against a team like Warrensburg.”
Despite the very strong wind blowing out to left field for the entire game, there was just one home run hit. That came in the Tigers’ 6-run third inning.
Branden Evans worked the first 2 2/3 innings for the Spartans with Trevor Nichols pitching 3 1/3, while Josh Isgriggs finished with one inning.
Zach McGill got things started for Richmond in the first inning with a one-out single, followed by a double off the bat of Colby Bowles. McGill then came home on a wild pitch, ahead of a walk to Kyle Ash.
Bowles then scored on Corey Adkison’s ground out to shortstop.
The Tigers quickly answered with 2 runs in the home half of the first on a pair of Richmond errors and two passed balls.
Warrensburg took control of the game in the third when Andrew St. Pierre led off with a blast over the fence in left. The Tigers then found home plate 6 more times on 2 hits and 4 Richmond errors.
Warrensburg added its final 2 runs in the fifth on 3 walks, a single and a fielder’s choice.
Richmond threatened one more time with Ash leading off the fourth with a walk, and with one out, Reny Reis reached on a single and Isgriggs drew a walk, but the Spartans could not get a run home.
With today’s scheduled contest with Chillicothe postponed to April 13, the Spartans will have to wait until Thursday to open the home season as Grain Valley visits Southview.
PHOTO: Richmond first baseman Eric Moses waits for the throw on a pickoff attempt early in Monday’s 10-2 loss at Warrensburg. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)