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The Richmond Spartans jumped on top early and then cruised to an 8-1 MRVC East baseball victory at Knob Noster Thursday afternoon.
The Richmond victory enabled the Spartans to keep pace with Holden, 20-16 winners over Carrollton, in the conference race.
Richmond is now 6-2 in the league and 9-5 overall, while the Eagles and Lexington both have 2 conference losses apiece.
After having their 8-game winning streak snapped earlier in the week by Holden, the Spartans wasted very little time in getting control of their game at Knob Noster.
Richmond put 6 runs on the board in the top of the first, while the Panthers managed their lone run in the fifth as they drop to 1-6 against the conference, and 5-9 overall.
With the offense providing plenty of cushion, Josh Isgriggs kept the Panther bats quiet as he allowed just a half-dozen hits in a complete game effort. The Spartan junior struck out 6 and walked just 2.
Zach McGill began things for Richmond with a leadoff single in the top of the first. It was the first of five consecutive singles by the Spartans to open the ball game.
Following McGill’s base hit, Branden Evans, Kyle Ash, Corey Adkison and Colby Bowles followed with singles.
Adkison’s base hit drove in one, and Bowles plated a pair with his hit. With one out, Jordan Smith chased 2 more Spartan runs home with a single, and Reny Reis followed with another RBI-single.
The Spartans drew 3 walks in the second inning, but could not get a run home, but added another run in the fourth as McGill reached on an error, and after a couple of stolen bases, scored on Ash’s sacrifice fly for a 7-0 lead.
A walk to Bowles opened the Richmond fifth inning. The Spartan first baseman then stole a pair of bases and was chased home on Reis’ two-out single to right field.
The Panthers finally got on the board in the home half of the inning after Matt Markey reached on a one-out single and went to third on a double from Alan Jangnister.
Markey scored on a Spartan error, but Isgriggs got out of the inning with a strikeout and a pop up to first.
Isgriggs ended the game by retiring the final 8 batters he faced.
The Spartans had chances to add to their total in the sixth, but Ash was left at second after reaching on a two-out double, and Bowles was left at second after a leadoff double the following inning.
The Spartans are scheduled to be at Higginsville this afternoon to finish their game with the Huskers. That game was tied 0-0 after three innings and suspended by rain.
Richmond’s final MRVC East contest is set for Tuesday in a rematch with the Eagles at Holden.
The Spartans will then play in the Class 3, District 14 Tournament at Oak Grove. The pairings for that tournament will be announced Monday.