The Richmond American 11-12 year-old All-Star team headed into the final game of pool play Tuesday night at Lake Reba knowing they needed a win to secure a spot to keep their championship hopes alive.
They responded to the challenged.
Richmond (2-1) scored four times in the first inning and held on for an 8-6 win over Anderson County in the District 3 Tournament. Tyler Santiago homered as the All-Stars wrapped up a spot in the semifinals.
Lincoln Lunsford started for Richmond and went 2 2/3rds innings. Alexander Lazaroff pitched two innings and Santiago got the final four outs.
Anderson County scored a run in the sixth to get to within two runs, but Santiago got a strikeout to end the game with runners on second and third.
Anderson County got a run in the first, still that lead didn’t last long. Santiago led-off the bottom of the first with a home run. Later in the inning, Bennie Hurt drove in a run with a fielder’s choice, Caeden Layton added a sacrifice fly and John Bingham had an RBI single.
In the second inning, Hurt and Jason Deerfield had RBI singles as Richmond took a 6-1 lead.
In the third, Lunsford ripped a two-run double that put Richmond up 8-2.
Richmond American will play in the semifinals of the District 3 Tournament Friday at Lake Reba.
Richmond National 6 Eastern National 3
The Richmond National 11-12-year-old All Stars topped Eastern National 6-3 in the battle of undefeated teams in the nightcap of the District 3 Tournament Wednesday.
Richmond National sent 11 men to the plate and scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning on only three hits, then held off the Lexington All-Stars the rest of the way enroute to the wire-to-wire victory.
Four National pitchers combined to limit Eastern National to only five hits in the game, while recording 12 strikeouts.
Starter Jacob Beck pitched 1 2/3 innings to pick up the victory. He struck out three and did not give up a hit. Dalton Gregory pitched 1 1/3 inning, striking out one and walking two, while Stephen Golson pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking one, Clay Combs pitched three innings, striking out three batters and Devon Eckler struck out the only batter he faced in the sixth inning.
The National All-Stars capatolized on Eastern National starter Will Newberry’s wildness in the first inning. Newberry walked five batters in the inning and four of them came around to score.
Ethan Hahn and Ben Snapp drew back-to-back walks to open the game.
Matthew McQuain then brought Hahn home with a single to right field to put Richmond up 1-0.
Golson reached on an error on the Eastern second baseman which allowed Snapp to score to make it 2-0, but Golson was thrown out at the plate on the play.
After Brandon Adams drew the third walk of the inning, Eckler singled, then Cameron Craig brought Adams home with another single to center to put Richmond on top 3-0.
Gregory drew a walk, and Beck reached on the second Eastern error of the inning which allowed Eckler to score to make it 4-0.
Hahn then walked with the bases loaded to bring Hahn home and put Richmond up 5-0.
Richmond National got what turned out to be its final run of the game in the second inning when Golson lined a one-out double, then came home one out later on a single by Eckler to make it 6-0.
Eastern National cut the lead in half in the top of the third inning, scoring three runs on only one hit, aided by four Richmond walks to make it 6-3.
Both teams had scoring opportunites in the final three innings, but failed to push any more runs across the plate.
McQuain and Eckler led the way at the plate for Richmond National with two singles and one RBI each.
Golson had a double, while Craig had a single and an RBI, Gregory had a single and Hahn had an RBI.
Richmond National returns to action on Friday at 6 p.m.