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Spartan bats stay hot at Carrollton

After struggling to get their bats going early in the season, the Richmond Spartans have been on a hitting tear their last two games. The Spartans followed up their 12-run performance in their last outing with a Baker’s Dozen Tuesday in a 13-6 rout at Carrollton.
Not only did the Spartans post 13 runs on the board while evening up their MRVC East mark at 1-1, but they also battered Carrollton ace Zach Davis for 15 hits.
Leading the hit parade for Richmond was third baseman Kyle Ash who hit a pair of home runs in his first two at bats with 5 RBIs. Richmond also got the long ball from Colby Bowles, who also reached on a pair of singles.
While the Spartan offense was cranking out hits, Branden Evans was keeping the Trojans at bay.
He allowed 5 runs in his 6 innings on the mound while surrendering 4 hits and 3 walks with 10 strikeouts in handing Carrollton its first loss in 5 games overall. Jordan Smith worked the final inning and gave up a run on a walk and a double.
Zach McGill led off the game for Richmond with a walk, and scored one out later on Ash’s first round tripper of the game to right field. McGill was also on board in the second inning and came home on Ash’s second shot to right field, that also scored Smith, who had reached on a walk to push the Spartan lead to 5-0.
Cody Renzleman’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the third cut the Richmond lead to 5-2. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Spartan bats came back to life the following inning with a 3-run outburst started by Bowles’ lead-off home run to left-center field. Kyle Carroll followed with a walk, and Caleb Benhardt was hit by a pitch. With one out, Josh Isgriggs drew a walk, followed by McGill’s 2-run single for an 8-2 Spartan lead.
Ross Flick’s 2-run home run highlighted Carrollton’s 4-run rally in the home half of the fifth, but the Spartans answered with 2 more runs in the sixth. Richmond took advantage of a pair of walks and base hits from Corey Adkison and Bowles to pad the Spartan lead.
Richmond capped off the game with 3 more runs in the seventh on walks to Ash and Adkison, with singles from Bowles, Reny Reis and Trent Dial.
Both Richmond and Carrollton are 1-1 in the league.

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