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4-run first inning lifts Hounds past RHS in sectional
By Russ Green-Sports Editor
It took only five pitches for the Maryville Spoofhounds to take control of their Class 3 Sectional contest against Richmond at Southview Field Tuesday night. The Hounds put four runs on the board in the opening frame and then held off the Spartans to post their first post-season victory since 1981 in an 8-4 decision.
Maryville then lost at home Wednesday night 7-2 to Fatima in the quarterfinals. Fatima (21-5) meets Hallsville (14-11) in the state semifinals Wednesday at O’Fallon.
Richmond’s loss marked the second consecutive year the Spartans had their baseball season end in the sectional round of the playoffs. Richmond Coach Brandon Quick said his 11-7 Spartans should look back on their season with pride.
“It is tough and I hope the boys are proud of what they did this year,” he said. “Because of last year, they felt like they needed to do more this year. They need to be proud of what they did and hopefully pass the torch and hope next year’s group will get it done.”
Maryville, making its first post-season appearance since 1986, collected 7 hits with 4 of those coming in the opening inning. The Spartans managed 8 hits with half of those coming in Richmond’s 3-run fourth inning.
The large crowd at Southview had only just settled in when Maryville (6-11) jumped on Richmond starter Jimmy Hamm in the top of the first. Ridge Yount lined Hamm’s first pitch of the game into the outfield, and Jonathan Baker hammered the next offering into the gap between center and left for a double. Tyler Tripp then singled in the first of his 3 RBIs on an 0-1 count. Jarret Cronin’s ground-out to short plated another run and Trent Dredge singled up the middle on the first pitch as the Hounds sent 11 batters to the plate for a 4-0 lead.
“They were hitting first-pitch fastballs we just didn’t have time to make the adjustment in the first inning,” Quick said. “We came back and made the adjustment and they didn’t hit the ball as well.”
The complete story is in the Thursday, May 23, 2013 Richmond News.