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June 29, 2014

L.L. BASEBALL: American tops Western, while National falls short

LEXINGTON — The Richmond All-Stars opened play in the District 3 11-12 year-old Tournament on Saturday at Cardinal Run Park.

Richmond American defeated Western, 9-2, while the Richmond National All-Stars fell to Eastern American, 18-7 in four innings.

Both teams are set to return to action today. Richmond American (1-0) will take on Mercer County and Richmond National (0-1) will face Harrison County.

Richmond American

The Richmond American All-Stars picked up three runs in the first inning and never looked back on their way to an easy 9-2 win over the Western All-Stars Saturday.

Richmond got singles from Scott Simmons, Braden Mays and Jakob Tharp and took advantage of some sloppy field play by Western to plate three quick runs.

Ryan Huntzinger made it 4-0 in the second, scoring on a wild pitch, and consecutive hits by D’Marko Foster, Mays and Tharp made it 6-0 after three innings.

Western finally scratched out a run in the third against starter and winning pitcher  Tharp, but Richmond quickly responded.

Richmond scored three times in the fourth on only two hits — a double by Les Shepherd and a single by Thomas Bowen — and some very aggressive play on the basepaths.

Western added a meaningless run in the fifth to round out the scoring.

Tharp pitched five innings, getting nine strikeouts and Bowen pitched the final inning, recording three strikeouts.

Richmond National

The Richmond National All-Stars couldn’t battle back from a big early deficit on Saturday in their opening game of the District 3 Tournament in Lexington.

Eastern American scored six times in the first and 11 more times in the second and went on to pick up an 18-7 four-inning win.

Richmond National scored four times in the third inning and added two more runs in the fourth to get back in the game.

Richmond used five pitchers — Brady Snyder, Caleb Rice, Tanner Cruse, Zachary Purvis and Bryce Taylor.

Richmond got on the board in the second when Snyder homered to right field.

In the third, Purvis singled Taylor added an RBI single. Cruse then ripped a three-run home run.

In the fourth, Bannon Hill and Sean Lyle both reached base and scored.

Rice had a single, was hit by a pitch and drove in a run with a groundout.

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