Smithville slows RHS momentum

After taking three of four and second place at the Chillicothe Tournament on Saturday, the Richmond Lady Spartans came out flat on Monday at Smithville in an 8-0 loss to the Warriors.
Richmond’s runner-up finish at Chillicothe came thanks to some clutch hitting, but on Monday, the Lady Spartans managed just three singles.
“We were not ready to play,” Lady Spartan Coach Staci Maddux said. “We have to become more consistent on defense and make the routine plays. We are not doing that right now.”
Richmond was charged with 4 errors in the game as the Lady Spartans fall to 7-4 overall. Kaile Purtle, not only kept the Richmond bats in check, but also paced the Smithville offense with 3 hits, while scoring twice. She also struck out 8 Lady Spartan batters while walking 6. Purtle retired the side in order in the first before walking Baylyn Jennings to lead off the second. She then retired the next 8 Richmond batters.
The Lady Spartans did not get their first hit until Hayley Clubine led off the sixth inning with a single, followed by another single from Jennings, but Richmond could not dent the scoreboard. Hayley Padgett picked up the third Lady Spartan single with a two-out base hit in the top of the seventh.
Katie Mertes drove in a pair of runs for Smithville, with Ashley Ward collecting a pair of hits with a single and an RBI-double. The Warriors scored the only runs they would need in the bottom of the first when they pushed 2 across. Smithville added a run in the fourth and 5 more in the fifth.
The Lady Spartan junior varsity collected 8 hits, but dropped a tough 10-8 decision. Richmond scored 4 runs in the first and added a run in the second, 2 more in the third and one more in the fifth.
Smithville also posted 4 runs in the opening frame and 4 more in the second with the final 2 coming in the fourth.
Kelley Martens had 3 singles for Richmond with all 3 hits driving in a run. Alex Phillips had a triple for the Lady Spartans with 2 RBIs, while Chelsea Hook collected a pair of singles with one run driven in. Richmond also got one hit each from Kristie Spiers and Hayley Padgett.

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