By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Despite just one day of practice outside, the Spartan baseball team has gotten off to a good start. The Spartans finally hit the field for the first time Monday to begin a busy week and blanked the Knob Noster Panthers on their home field. Richmond then made the trip to Smithville, but saw the Warriors pick up a come-from-behind victory. Wednesday, the Spartans finally made their first home appearance of the season and shook off a shaky start to win their second MRVC East matchup of the week.
The Spartans grabbed the early lead in the conference with their 2-0 start following a 13-5 victory over Higginsville Wednesday at Southview Field. Richmond spotted the Huskers a 3-0 lead in the top of the first with all of those runs unearned. However, the Spartans answered with 3 runs of their own in the home half of the opening inning on a pair of Husker errors, two walks and a single as 10 batters went to the plate.
Pitcher Dakota Hayward shook off the rough start for Richmond and worked the first six innings to earn the win. Hayward ended the afternoon by allowing just 4 hits, 4 walks – 3 of those in the first inning, and 4 earned runs. Derek Rickart finished the contest by setting the Huskers down in order in the seventh.
Richmond grabbed the lead in the bottom of the second with 3 more runs and then added a run in the third and tacked on the final 6 in the sixth. Higginsville scored its final runs in the top of the sixth on a walk, and error and a single.