Clutch hitting lifts Lady Spartans

Trailing by a run entering the top of the seventh inning, the Richmond Lady Spartans put together a 3-run rally to help them get past the Huskers 6-4 Tuesday night in Higginsville.
It was Richmond’s fourth win in five MRVC East games and pushed the Lady Spartans to 8-4 overall. The Lady Huskers drop to 1-3 in conference and 5-7 overall.
Megan Phipps began the Richmond comeback with a one-out single, followed by back-to-back doubles from Hayley Clubine and Baylyn Jennings. Jennings’ two-bagger chased home the tying and go-ahead runs.
Jennings then scored on Stephanie Williams’ grounder to short.
Whitney Martens then retired the side in the bottom of the seventh as an outstanding catch in left by Hannah Alpers ended the game with a Higginsville runner on third.
Martens earned the win as she gave up 5 hits and a walk while striking out 6. Two of the 4 runs were unearned.
“We had a few defensive letdowns, but the girls never gave up,” Richmond coach Staci Maddux said. “We got some key hits by the top of our lineup to pull out the win. The top of our lineup is hitting the ball well right now. We are really starting to play together and feel comfortable at the plate.”
Richmond ended the game with 10 hits as the top four batters collected 8 of them. Alpers, Phipps, Clubine and Jennings had two hits apiece, with Jennings driving in 4 runs. She drove in the first Lady Spartan run in the first as her fielder’s choice scored Alpers, who had led off the game with a single.
Alpers scored again in Richmond’s 2-run third as she led off with a double and scored on a single by Jennings. The Lady Spartan catcher scored on Kayla Hewitt’s bases-loaded walk.
Higginsville scored 3 in the home half of the first inning, and added its final run in the fifth.
The Richmond junior varsity completed the sweep as they outscored the Lady Huskers 8-6 in a 5-inning contest.
The Lady Spartans scored 4 in the first and added 4 more in the second. Kelley Martens had 2 of Richmond’s 3 hits in the game with Kristie Spiers collecting the other one.
The Lady Spartans drew 8 walks in the game with Alex Phillips drawing 2, while MacKenzie McGill, Spiers, Chelsea Hook, Adrian Tackett, Kiersten Baker and Karley Vandiver each reached on a walk.
Spiers pitched 5 innings and scattered 6 hits with 4 walks and a pair of strikeouts. Three of the half dozen runs were unearned.

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