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Hornets strike late to spoil season-opener

Richmond senior Kody Reed’s single in the first inning helped the Spartans to a 2-0 lead as they opened the 2014 baseball season at Chillicothe. The Hornets later took advantage of some RHS miscues to grab a 12-4 win. (Photo by Butch Shaffer/Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune.)

Richmond senior Kody Reed’s single in the first inning helped the Spartans to a 2-0 lead as they opened the 2014 baseball season at Chillicothe. The Hornets later took advantage of some RHS miscues to grab a 12-4 win. (Photo by Butch Shaffer/Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

With more than a handful of first-year starters in the lineup, Spartan baseball coach Brandon Quick expected a few growing pains in the early season. Some of those jumped up during Richmond’s 12-4 loss at Chillicothe Tuesday night.

The Hornets broke open a close game with a 7-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning on a cold and blustery day at Shaffer Park, but the Spartans helped the cause by committing four errors in the inning. Chillicothe had a pair of singles and were also aided by a wild pitch and a pair of fielder’s choices in the inning as the Hornets evened their record to 1-1.

Shane Battagler pitched well as he drew the start on the mound for the Spartans. The senior worked the first four frames.

He retired the first 10 Hornets he faced before Derek Hussey ended the string for Chillicothe when he was hit by a pitch. Dylan Clark followed with a walk and Ryan Smith singled in a run, followed by Austin Minnick reaching on an error to draw the home team even at 2-all.

The Spartans grabbed the lead in the top of the first as Haiden Kilpatrick led off the season against Chillicothe starter Tyler Long with a walk and then stole second.

The complete story is in the Thursday, March 27, 2014 Richmond News.

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