Tigers end Richmond’s late-season surge

Richmond third baseman Dylan Alexander comes up with a ground ball to throw out a Tiger batter during the Class 4, District 15 championship gmae Wednesday night at Smithville. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Richmond third baseman Dylan Alexander comes up with a ground ball to throw out a Tiger batter during the Class 4, District 15 championship gmae Wednesday night at Smithville. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green/Sports Editor

In the end, the Richmond Spartans ran out of gas and arms in a 10-0 loss to the Excelsior Springs Tigers in the Class 4, District 15 championship game Wednesday night at Smithville. The loss puts an end to the baseball season for Richmond with a 7-16 record, but four of those wins came in the final three weeks of the year.

The Spartans made their way to their first district championship game in four years from the No. 5 seed after knocking off Van Horn and upsetting top-seeded Smithville. By the title game against the No. 2 seeded Tigers, the Spartans were low in pitchers available, but RHS coach Brandon Quick said it was worth it.

“We spent a lot of shells against Smithville, but it was one of the biggest wins in my career,” he said.

The complete story is in the Friday, May 18, 2018 Richmond News.

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