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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The amazing late-season run by the Richmond Spartans came to an end Wednesday with a 4-2 loss to Carrollton in the Class 3, District 15 tournament at Lions Park in Lexington. The Spartans entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed with a 3-20 record, but then knocked off Higginsville 5-2 in the first round and then stunned No. 2 seed Lawson Monday night 4-2 in the semifinals.
Richmond’s bid for a third straight district crown ended Wednesday, but coach Brandon Quick was proud of his team’s push.
“We had some base runners today and just couldn’t get that one big hit here or there that we got the first two games,” he said. “Regardless, I’m really proud of the boys. Any other team might have just pitched it in after 3-20 and been done with it. These guys came back and got after it.”
The Spartans and Trojans squared off for the fourth time this season in the title game. The Trojans were 3-0 against Richmond, including the last two 2-1 victories. Quick knew his team did not have much room for error in facing Carrollton pitcher Gage Boggs again.
“All year long we kind of put the pressure on ourselves to play the perfect game,” he said. “That’s what we did today. We didn’t swing the bats as well today that we were capable of and that would have helped out a little bit.”
Each team scratched out a run in the fourth inning with Jake Gray scoring after reaching on a double, steal of third and scoring on Jordan Beck’s fielder’s choice. Carrollton answered with an unearned run in the home half of the inning and then posted 3 more runs in the fifth – 2 of them coming home on Keaton Sullivan’s two-out double.