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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartans bounced back from a disappointing 12-inning, 5-3 loss to Holden on Monday to end the regular season with a good feeling Wednesday at Higginsville.
Holden gained some measure of revenge from last week’s loss to visiting Richmond as the Spartans handed the Eagles only their third defeat of the season. Holden’s win over Richmond Monday also puts the Eagles in the driver’s seat for the MRVC East title.
The Eagles are 7-1 in the conference with two makeup games remaining against Carrollton. Those games will have to be rescheduled after the district tournaments that begin Saturday. Richmond, the defending champions, finish at 8-2 in the league and 9-6 overall.
The Spartans felt like they let one slip away Monday. Jimmy Hamm held the Holden bats in check throughout much of the game. Hamm worked the first 7 innings and gave up just 2 runs, one earned, as he struck out 5, walked one and hit three batters. The Eagles had 5 hits and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on three singles.
The Spartans bounced back to take a 2-1 lead in the home half of the fourth as MJ Linville led off with a double to right-center. Reid Summers followed with a single and with one out, Derek Rickart and Kaleb Heber added back-to-back singles against Holden starter Matt Borgen.
Holden cashed in on two hit batters and an error in the top of the sixth inning to push across the tying run. Richmond had a chance to end the game in the ninth as Quinton Maxwell was hit by a pitch and Dakota Hayward reached on an Eagle error with one out. However, the Spartans could not get the squeeze bunt down and Maxwell was trapped between third and home for the second out and the threat was over.