By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartans outlasted Savannah in a slugfest in the opening game of the Excelsior Springs Tournament Thursday afternoon, but having six games during the week took its toll Friday and Saturday.
The Spartans collected 13 hits Thursday as they outscored Savannah 11-7, but that would be all the offense Richmond could muster for the final two games of the tournament. Richmond managed just three hits against Lawson’s Blake Edwards Friday afternoon in an 11-0 loss and then was no-hit in Saturday’s finale against the host Tigers in a 12-0, 5-inning loss.
While the offense went silent, the Spartans also ran out of pitching arms at the end of the week. Richmond used two pitchers Thursday, two more for Friday and three Saturday.
Quinton Maxwell worked the first three innings against the Savages, with Shane Battagler coming in to finish the final four innings. Andrew Nolker pitched five innings in the loss at Lawson before giving way to M.J. Linville for the final frame.
Dakota Hayward, who had pitched in Wednesday’s win over Higginsville, started for the Spartans Saturday and worked the first three frames. Maxwell entered and worked the next two, while freshman Haiden Kilpatrick pitched the final inning against the Tigers.