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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Coach Staci Maddux has been waiting all season to see her Lady Spartan softball team turn in this type of performance. Richmond won its first three games at the Norborne Tournament before falling to the tournament hosts in the title game for a runner-up finish.
The Lady Spartans had struggled at the plate for most of the season, but ended the weekend collecting 31 hits while scoring 23 runs in the four games.
“We are finally hitting the ball with authority and playing with more confidence,” Maddux said. “The girls really pulled together and played together.”
The Lady Spartans lost to Norborne 8-3 in the championship game as the state-ranked Lady Pirates scored a run in the second and then added three in the third, one in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Richmond had a pair of runs in the fifth and put one more on the board in the seventh. Elizabeth Windsor drove in two of Richmond’s runs with a bases-loaded single in the fifth.
The Lady Spartans began the tournament by stopping Northwest of Mendon 12-7. Ashley Williams and Jamie Anderson led the 10-hit Richmond attack with three hits apiece. Anderson drove in four runs with a pair of two-run singles, while Williams plated two runs – one of those with a solo home run in the second inning. Tessa Ramsey had two hits including a double.
Paige O’Doniel held Stewartsville to just four hits to help Richmond to a 6-1 victory in the second game.
The complete story is in the Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 Richmond News.