It appeared the Richmond Lady Spartans were on the verge of advancing to the Class 3, District 6 semifinals, not once, but twice Wednesday at Lawson. For the second year in a row, St. Pius ended the Lady Spartan softball season with an 8-5 victory. The fifth-seeded Warriors rallied twice to knock off the No. 4 seed.
St. Pius erased a 4-1 Richmond lead with a 3-run rally in the top of the sixth to tie the game. However, the Lady Spartans regained the lead with a run in the home half of the inning on a single by Jamie Anderson and a two-out single by Ashley Williams. St. Pius then put together 4 runs in the next inning for the win.
The Warriors loaded the bases on a walk, catcher’s interference and an infield single with no outs in the seventh.
It appeared the Lady Spartans would get out of the jam, but with two outs, an error and a double in the gap by Hayley Burgess spoiled the evening for Richmond. The Lady Spartans were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh as Richmond ended the season with a 7-18 overall record.
The Warriors, who advance to meet top-seeded Platte County in the semifinals, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first, but Richmond came back with a run-scoring single from Stephanie Williams to tie the game in the home half of the frame. Chelsea Hook’s single plated another run in the Lady Spartans’ 3-run fourth inning.
Haley Padgett led off the inning with a walk, followed by a single from Jamie Anderson. MacKenzie McGill added a two-out single to help Richmond take a 4-1 lead into the sixth.
Stephanie Williams, McGill and Anderson had two hits each for the Lady Spartans, with Ashley Williams, Padgett and Hook collecting one apiece. Richmond stranded five runners on the game.
Adrian Tackett pitched a complete game, surrendering 4 earned runs on 4 hits, 4 walks and a pair of strikeouts.
On Tuesday night, the Lady Spartans dropped their regular season finale to visiting Knob Noster 11-4. The loss ended Richmond’s MRVC East campaign with a 2-8 record, while the Lady Panthers finish 5-4 in league and 6-5 heading into district play.
Three Richmond seniors, Stephanie Williams, Alex Phillips and Hook, were playing their final home game.
A walk to Ashley Williams, a double by Stephanie Williams and a single by Padgett gave Richmond a 2-1 lead after spotting the visitors a run in the top of the inning. A triple by Phillips in the fourth helped the Lady Spartans to a 3-1 lead, but Knob Noster rallied in the fifth for 9 runs.
The Lady Panthers sent 14 batters to the plate as they collected 5 singles, a double and a pair of walks while Richmond was charged with 3 errors. A walk to Hook led to the final Lady Spartan run in the home half of the seventh.
PHOTO: Richmond third baseman Stephanie Williams scoops up the throw that arrives too late to get the St. Pius base runner during Wednesday’s district contest at Lawson. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)