Lexington got off to a quick start Thursday in its MRVC East softball match up with visiting Richmond. The Minutewomen put 6 runs on the board in the bottom of the first and then held off the Lady Spartans for a 9-7 victory and improved to 5-1 in the league race – including a sweep of the two-game season series with the defending champions.
Richmond drops to 4-7 overall, and 1-4 in the MRVC East.
“We played well defensively,” Richmond Coach Staci Maddux said. “We just need to start games stronger and not get behind early.”
The Lady Spartans did jump on top early with a run in the top of the first, but Lexington answered with a half-dozen runs in the home half of the inning on four consecutive singles, a pair of walks and an error. The Lady Spartans began to chip away at the Lexington lead with a run in the third as Stephanie Williams reached on a one-out double and came home when Alex Phillips singled and Lexington committed an error.
After the Minutewomen added a run in the bottom of the third for a 7-2 lead, Richmond pulled to within a run with a 4-run rally in the fourth frame as MacKenzie McGill singled behind a walk to Tessa Ramsey. Ashley Williams and Kayla Hewitt followed with base hits, and Stephanie Williams added a two-run single. Haley Padgett kept the rally alive with another single, but the inning ended with Richmond runners on second and third.
Phillips’ third hit of the game helped the Lady Spartans tie the contest in the sixth inning. Her two-out single brought home Hewitt who had reached on a single and stole second. However, Lexington quickly answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring double from Kayla Helm and an RBI-single by Libby McCarroll.
Lexington held the lead as Richmond was retired in order in the top of the seventh.
Stephanie Williams and Phillips collected 3 hits each in the Lady Spartans’ 12-hit game, while Hewitt added a pair of singles.
“Stephanie, Alex and Kayla continue to hit the ball well and be our leaders,” Maddux said.
Richmond lost the junior varsity game, 6-3. The Lady Spartans collected 4 hits in the contest with Brett Goligoski adding a pair of singles, while Jamie Anderson, Haley Bentley added one hit apiece.