Richmond heads into this weekend’s Bob Haustetter Classic at .500.
The Red Devils face Massillon (Ohio) at 8 p.m. tonight as part of a reshuffled lineup for the baseball event at McBride Stadium.
Thursday’s New Castle-Wayne (Ohio) game was postponed, and moved to tonight at 6, following the 4 p.m. Union County-Lima Central Catholic (Ohio) matchup.
The Red Devils dropped Wednesday’s game with Franklin County 9-8, but they didn’t go down without a fight.
Richmond came just a few feet shy of completing an improbable comeback, erasing most of a seven-run deficit.
Kristian Rodriquez sent a screaming shot down the left-field line that would have given RHS the win — but it drifted foul and out of play.
A long fly ball out to right field followed, and Franklin County held on for the late night baseball victory at McBride Stadium.
Richmond and Franklin County battled for more than 3 hours — and with a later start time than usual. The Red Devils followed Seton Catholic’s five-inning victory over Lincoln on McBride’s John Cate Field.
“Richmond has always been a good team, and always will be a good team,” said Franklin County coach Tony Windle. “You knew that if we couldn’t jump on them, try to get that 10-run (rule) before the fifth … those guys are some hitting team, right there. They didn’t die. They kept battling.”
The Red Devils will also play twice on Saturday in the Haustetter Classic. Seton Catholic will also play two games on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. against Lima Central Catholic.
The event is named for a former longtime assistant coach at Richmond High School, who then later held the same position with the Richmond Roosters of the Frontier League.
Haustetter died in 2011 after a two-year battle with cancer.
“It’s going to be really good. A lot of baseball — you’ve got to love it,” said Richmond junior Matt Morrow.