The Holden Eagles used a pair of 3-run home runs and added a 2-run shot for good measure Tuesday afternoon in putting an end to the Richmond Spartans’ 8-game winning streak.
The Eagles’ 11-7 victory at Southview also tightened up the MRVC East race quite a bit.
The loss dropped Richmond back into a tie with Lexington on top of the standings with 5-2 league marks, while Holden lurks just a half-game back at 4-2.
Holden took advantage of an uncharacteristic outing by Spartan starter Branden Evans.
Evans, who has had great control all season long, was charged with 7 walks in his 5-plus innings of work.
Meanwhile Holden starter Zak Anstine, despite throwing a ton of pitches, pitched a complete game. He issued 10 walks and struck out 8 while surrendering just 4 hits.
Richmond jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the home half of the second inning as the Spartans took advantage of three consecutive walks to Colby Bowles, Kyle Carroll and Jordan Smith to load the bases. Jake Vandiver followed and reached on an error, followed by another free pass issued to Reny Reis.
Holden closed the gap in the top of the third as Bryce Evans’ single drove in the first of his 7 RBIs for the evening.
Kyle Ash led off the bottom of the inning with a double, and Bowles followed one out later with another double as the Spartans regained their 3-run cushion.
That cushion was quickly gone in the top of the fourth as the Eagles got a 2-run double from A.J. Langston and a 2-run single from Evans for a 5-4 Holden lead.
The visitors’ advantage lasted until the home half of that inning. Vandiver led off with a walk, followed one out later by back-to-back walks to Zach McGill and Evans.
A single by Corey Adkison drove in 2 of the 3 Richmond runs that inning and the Spartans had regained the lead 7-5.
Richmond had a scoring threat in the bottom of the fifth, but left the bases loaded. The visitors then got the long ball going in the final two innings of Richmond reliever Josh Isgriggs.
Evans delivered a 3-run home run to left in the sixth for Holden to give the advantage back to the Eagles and they would not let it go.
Holden delivered the knockout punch in the top of the seventh as Kyle Elkins hit a 3-run shot to left, and Langston drove in his third and fourth runs of the game with a 2-run homer.
Richmond ended the game with the bases loaded as Carroll, Smith and McGill drew walks, but the Spartans could not push another run across.
The Spartans, now 8-5 overall, have a road game scheduled at Knob Noster on Thursday.
On Friday, they return to Higginsville to complete a game tied 0-0 in the third that was suspended by rain on April 29. Richmond has a rematch with the Eagles at Holden on Tuesday.