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Disappointing return for Spartans

Richmond second baseman Reid Summers puts the tag on a Cardinal base runner after receiving the throw from catcher Matt Stafford to stop a steal attempt. Lawson defeated the Spartans Monday at Southview Field. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Richmond second baseman Reid Summers puts the tag on a Cardinal base runner after receiving the throw from catcher Matt Stafford to stop a steal attempt. Lawson defeated the Spartans Monday at Southview Field. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Richmond Spartans had trouble shaking off the rust of a long weather-induced layoff Monday afternoon. Playing their first game in 13 days, and getting outside for only the second time in that span, the Spartans spotted visiting Lawson to an early 4-0 lead at Southview Field.

Richmond could not recover and dropped its fourth game in a row, 13-2, in a five-inning contest. The Spartans, now 2-6, managed four hits against the Cardinals who improved to 6-4 with their second win of the season over Richmond.

Michael Armes walked a pair and struck out a half dozen to earn the win for Lawson. The Cardinals took advantage of some fielding miscues by Richmond in the top of the first. It appeared the Spartans would escape the jam early in the inning when a Cardinal batter popped up on a hit-and-run play. However, there was no one covering at first base and the Cardinal runner was able to get back to the bag. Two batters later, with two outs, a fly ball was dropped in the outfield which helped lead to the visitor’s 4-0 lead before Richmond came to the plate.

The complete story is in the Thursday, April 25, 2013 Richmond News.

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