After starting the season with back-to-back losses, the Richmond Lady Spartan softball team found a pair of wins Saturday at the Cameron Tournament.
Richmond, now 2-4 for the season split its four games at the event that was delayed one week due to rain.
“It was nice to get a couple of wins under our belt,” Lady Spartan Coach Staci Maddux said. “We played well most of the day and I was proud of the girls.”
The Lady Spartans began the day with an 11-0 win over the host Dragons in Pool A behind the pitching of Adrian Tackett.The Richmond junior faced 22 batters and gave up just 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7. Jamie Anderson paced the offense with 3 hits – 2 of them doubles – along 2 runs scored and a pair driven in. Tackett added a run-scoring double during Richmond’s 8-run third inning.
In the second game of Pool play, Benton erupted for a 16-0 victory over the Lady Spartans as the Lady Cardinals pounded out 18 hits against two Richmond pitchers. Meanwhile Alex Phillips managed the lone Lady Spartan hit in the game with a fifth-inning leadoff single.
The Lady Spartans then began play in the Silver Flight with a 4-3 victory over St. Joseph LeBlond. Once again Tackett kept the LeBlond bats in check by allowing just one earned run and scattering 7 hits with a walk to go with 4 strikeouts. Maddux was pleased with Tackett’s first varsity pitching experience.
“Adrian did an excellent job,” she said. “She is very consistent off the rubber. If we clean up our defense a little more, we will be successful.”
Richmond broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the seventh inning. Ashley Williams and Chelsea Hook drove in one run apiece for the Lady Spartans. Hook collected 3 hits in the game, with Hewitt adding a pair of singles.
Richmond ended the day with an 11-0 loss to Jefferson.
After Tuesday’s game with Carrollton was rained out, the Lady Spartans will try to get back on the field Thursday for an MRVC East meeting with visiting Holden.