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July 8, 2014

Eastern American tops Richmond American, 7-6

LEXINGTON — The Richmond American 9-10 All-Stars’ last-inning rally fell just short in a 7-6 loss to Eastern American in the District 3 Championship game Monday at Cardinal Run Park.

Richmond trailed Eastern 7-4 heading into the sixth inning but fought and scratched their way back to put themselves into position to win the game.

Ty Hadley started the rally by lining a lead-off single into right field. He then advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Two outs later, third baseman Gunner Rhodus reached base after being hit by a pitch.

After Matthew Bryan reached on a single to center to load the bases, Austin Bowen stepped up and lined a single into the gap in right-center field to bring home both Hadley and Rhodus to cut the deficit to 7-6, and send Bryan to third with the game-tying run.

But that was as close as they could get as the next batter, Jacob Aldridge, struck out to end the game.

Things looked good for the Richmond All-Stars early.

Unlike their first match-up with Eastern on July 4 in which they fell behind 8-0, this time around they quickly stormed back from a 2-0 deficit after half an inning, pounding out six first-inning hits to grab a quick 4-2 lead.

Damon Rice got things started with a leadoff single. Rhodus moved Rice to third with a double to the center-field fence, and Bryan brought him home with a single to make it 2-1.

Rhodus scored on a wild pitch one batter later to knot it up at 2-2.

After a Bowen groundout, Aldridge brought home pinch-runner Dylan Witt with a single to put Richmond on top 3-2.

Brenton Fox moved Aldridge to third with a double to the gap in right-center field, and Brett Campbell followed with a single to score Aldridge to give Richmond a 4-2 lead after one inning.

That lead was short-lived though as Eastern pounded out five hits of its own in the top of the second and took advantage of a pair of Richmond errors to retake the lead 6-4.

After getting the six hits in the first, the Richmond bats cooled off after that and they managed only four more hits through the next four innings.

Eastern added a run in the top of the fifth to go up 7-4 setting up Richmond’s sixth inning comeback attempt.

Bowen started and took the loss for Richmond American. He went four innings, giving up 7 runs — four earned — on 11 hits, while striking out three batters and walking none.

Bryan threw two innings of scoreless relief. He gave up two hits and struck out three batters.

Bryan also had a good day at the plate, collecting three singles and an RBI. Rhodus had a double, single and scored two runs, Bowen finished with a pair of singles and two RBI, while Campbell had two singles and an RBI, Aldridge had a single, RBI and a run scored, Rice had a single and a run scored, Fox had a double and Witt scored two runs.

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