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Lady Spartans break old trend in opening win

Richmond first baseman Alexis Thaxton records the out at first and looks for any Lawson runners trying to advance. The Lady Spartans stopped Lawson 11-5 in the season opener Wednesday at Southview Park. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Richmond first baseman Alexis Thaxton records the out at first and looks for any Lawson runners trying to advance. The Lady Spartans stopped Lawson 11-5 in the season opener Wednesday at Southview Park. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

Despite getting only 4 hits, the Richmond Lady Spartans took advantage of 10 walks in order to pick up their first season-opening victory in four years Wednesday afternoon at Southview Park. The Lady Spartans also got a good pitching effort from junor Nicole Camp and she was backed up by solid defense in Richmond’s 11-5 win over Lawson on a hot afternoon.

Camp scattered 7 hits and allowed just one free pass, while striking out 5 Lady Cardinals and surrendering 4 earned runs.

Lawson drew first blood with a pair of runs in the top of the first on a pair of walks, a passed ball and an error. An error helped the Lady Cardinals to another run in the second inning, but after that, the Lady Spartan defense settled down.

Richmond quickly tied the game with 2 runs in the home half of the first inning, and took the lead for good by answering Lawson’s run in the top of the second inning with 3 runs in the bottom of the frame.

The Lady Spartans would tack on a run in the third, 3 in the fourth and one more in the sixth.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 Richmond News.

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