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The Richmond Lady Spartans got their bats going Tuesday afternoon in their MRVC East opener against visiting Lexington, but it wasn’t enough as they dropped to 0-2 for the season. Lexington scored 3 runs in the top of the seventh to record an 8-6 victory over Richmond.
The Lady Spartans managed just 2 hits in their season-opening loss to Lawson last week, but on Tuesday managed to collected 8 hits. Richmond had battled back from a 3-1 deficit after the first frame, and had chipped away until knotting the contest at 5-5 through five innings.
The Lady Spartans grabbed their first lead of the game in the sixth as Jamie Anderson reached on an error to begin the frame. With two outs, Ashley Williams and Kayla Hewitt singled to put the Lady Spartans on top.
However, in the top of the seventh, Lexington rallied for 3 runs after the first two batters were retired. A walk to Lindsey Rector began the comeback for the Minutewomen, followed by a Shelby Miller single. Holly Crabtree and Morgan Doak then reached on a fielder’s choice ahead of three consecutive run-scoring singles by Katie Rector, Kayla Helm and Kasey Stratton.
Richmond was able to get two runners aboard in the home half of the seventh, but came up empty.
Stephanie Williams drove in a pair of Richmond runs on 2 hits, including a double, with Haley Padgett driving in a run as well. Kayla Hewitt, Alex Phillips and Anderson had one hit apiece for the Lady Spartans. Hewitt scored 3 of Richmond’s runs.
Lexington collected 10 hits and 5 earned runs for the afternoon against Richmond pitcher Kristie Spiers. The Lady Spartan sophomore walked 9 and struck out one.
Lexington pitcher Shelby Miller earned the win as she surrendered 4 earned runs on 4 walks with a pair of strikeouts.
Lexington also won the junior varsity game 8-6 as the Lady Spartans could manage just 3 hits. Brett Goligoski, Karley Vandiver and Jennifer Waters had one hit each for Richmond. Kiersten Baker drove in a run with a fielder’s choice.