Richmond Coach Staci Maddux knows there will be games like Tuesday’s 6-3 loss at Knob Noster. Her young Lady Spartans were coming off an impressive 9-4 win at Excelsior Springs on Monday, but followed that up with their MRVC East loss. Maddux said her team had trouble focusing Tuesday.
“We lacked defensive intensity,” she said. “We made some base running mistakes that hurt us. We were not mentally prepared to play. We have to become mentally stronger.”
Richmond held a 2-0 lead after two innings. The Lady Spartans pushed a pair of runs across in the top of the second as Haley Padgett drove in a run with the first of her two singles for the game.
However, Richmond was only able to add one more run in the game as Kayla Hewitt led off the fifth with a single, advanced on an error and scored on Alex Phillips’ sacrifice.
Meanwhile the Lady Panthers were able to get a pair of runs in the fourth and tacked on 4 more in the fifth. Richmond stranded a half-dozen runners, and had two more thrown out on the base paths. Ashley Williams had 2 of Richmond’s 6 hits in the game, while Jamie Anderson and Hewitt collected one apiece.
“Haley and Ashley hit the ball well and executed well for us,” Maddux said.
On Monday, the Lady Spartans collected a season-high 15 hits in their victory at Excelsior Springs. Richmond scored a run in the first and added 3 more in the third, one in the fourth and two each in the sixth and seventh frames. Adrian Tackett scattered 8 hits and 4 walks to the Lady Tigers while striking out 3 and allowing just one earned run.
Stephanie Williams led the Richmond offense with 3 hits, 3 runs scored and 3 driven in. Hewitt also had 3 hits in the game and scored 3 runs. Anderson and Chelsea Hook had 2 singles each, while Padgett drove in a pair of runs with a single and a ground out.
Phillips and Tackett also collected one hit each.
Richmond is now 4-6 overall and 1-3 in conference with a visit to Lexington coming up Thursday.