Spartans stay on top of MRVC

Richmond used the old formula of good pitching and timely hitting Monday afternoon to pick up a 5-4 MRVC East baseball victory over visiting Carrollton at Southview Field. The Spartans got six well-pitched innings from Trevor Nichols, and Josh Isgriggs worked the final frame for the save as Richmond stayed on top of the league standings with a 5-1 mark. The Spartans are also 8-4 overall, while Carrollton falls to 2-5 in the league and 5-5 overall.
Nichols was staked to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on RBIs from Colby Bowles and Kyle Carroll. Cody Renzelman scored an unearned run for the Trojans to cut the lead in half in the top of the third. However, the Spartans regained control in the home half of the frame as Corey Adkison reached on an error and Bowles reached on a single. Jordan Smith’s triple down the first base line cleared the bases and pushed the Richmond lead to 4-1.
Kyle Ash made it 5-1 for the Spartans with a single up the middle to bring Zach McGill home from third after he had reached on a single earlier. Richmond flashed some leather in the top of the sixth inning when Renzelman was thrown out at the plate on a double steal attempt. Renzelman had reached when he was hit by a pitch, followed by singles from Ryan Flick and a walk to Zach Davis. Flick took off for second, and the throw from Richmond catcher Adkison went to McGill at second, who then fired back to the plate to get the runner.
That out proved to be huge as one batter later, Jason Mayden blasted a 3-run shot that reached South Street and pulled Carrollton to within a run.
Nichols avoided any further damage, and Isgriggs recorded the final three outs in the seventh – the final two on strikeouts for the Richmond victory. Nichols allowed just 3 hits, a pair of walks and a hit batter over his 6 innings. Flick took the loss for Carrollton.

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