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Richmond third baseman Dakota Hayward flags down a throw near the bag in an attempt to stop a Panther base runner. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Richmond third baseman Dakota Hayward flags down a throw near the bag in an attempt to stop a Panther base runner. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Richmond Spartans erased an early 3-0 deficit in the second game of an MRVC East doubleheader with visiting Lexington Wednesday at Southview Field on the way to a 6-3 8-inning victory and a twinbill sweep. The two Richmond victories capped a good week for the Spartans as they defeated Knob Noster at home, handed Holden just its third loss of the season and put them in the driver’s seat to repeat as league champs.

After going 4-0 for the week, the Spartans improved to 7-1 in league play with a game at Higginsville and a home date with Holden remaining on the conference schedule. Holden, Carrollton and Richmond all have one league loss. Richmond is now 8-5 overall.

Jimmy Hamm got Richmond going in the first game by driving a pitch over the fence in left field in the bottom of the opening inning. Hamm ended the game going 3 for 3 with a double, 2 RBIs and a walk in the Spartans’ 6-4 win. Dakota Hayward survived a shaky start on the mound to record the win for Richmond. The Spartan senior walked the leadoff hitter for Lexington to open the game and then plunked two more, but got out of the bases-loaded, one-out jam without allowing a run.

Hayward worked the first five innings and scattered a half dozen hits with a pair of walks, 5 strikeouts and 4 earned runs. Kaleb Heber finished with 2 innings of no-hit relief and 5 more strikeouts.

Lexington (2-8, 6-10) scored all 4 of its runs in the fourth that started with a Nick Swartz home run. The Spartans answered with its own 4-run rally in the home half of the inning with a double by Hamm and a 2-run double by MJ Linville. That would be all the Spartans would need as Hayward struckout the last two batters he faced in the fifth, followed by Heber fanning five of the six Minutemen he faced.

 The complete story is in the Thursday, May 2, 2013 Richmond News.

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