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Spartans down top-seeded Lawson to win second straight district title
By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartans had a huge hurdle to clear if they wanted to record back-to-back district baseball championships. After getting past No. 3 seed St. Paul Lutheran 8-2 in the semifinals, the Spartans faced a Lawson Cardinal squad that had won the two previous meetings with Richmond this spring by a combined 25-0.
The top-seeded Cardinals and Spartans met at a packed Southview Field Wednesday night and with just the right amount of hitting and clutch pitching, Richmond won its second straight district title with a 6-4 decision over the Cardinals. The Spartans (11-6) will host Maryville (5-10) in the Class 3 sectional at Southview Field Monday at 6 p.m.
Richmond Coach Brandon Quick said having his team at full strength was a bonus.
“The first time they caught us at the end of a six-game week, and then the other time, we just didn’t show up, made a lot of errors and gave up a lot of hits,” he said. “I knew we would come ready to play tonight.”
Spartan senior Jimmy Hamm worked the first five innings, with Reid Summers pitching the final two frames to earn the save. Richmond collected 14 hits to back the solid effort from the mound. Blake Sellers pitched the first four frames for the Cardinals (10-6), followed by Blake Edwards, who pitched 7 innings in Lawson’s 5-3 semifinal win over Higginsville Monday.
“We had key hits and great at bats,” Quick said. “We made both of their pitchers throw a lot of pitches. That was the key. We worked them and making them throw a lot of pitches helped us later on in the game.”
Quinton Maxwell had 3 singles, while Summers scored 3 runs after reaching base four times on a walk, a pair of doubles and a single. Matt Stafford also had three hits and Hamm helped himself offensively by adding a pair of singles.