Busy weekend ahead for Richmond

Busy weekend ahead for Richmond

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Busy weekend ahead for Richmond

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It will be a busy Saturday for Richmond High School athletics.

The Red Devils are the host for three events that day — the second day of the Bob Haustetter Classic in baseball, the RHS Invitational in softball and the annual Justin Cross Memorial golf tournament.

“We’re going to be rocking and rolling this weekend,” said RHS athletic director Chad Bolser.

Haustetter was a longtime assistant coach at RHS, who later also served in that same role for the Richmond Roosters of the Frontier League. He died in August 2011 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Haustetter was a 1952 graduate of Fountain City High School, and had many connections to baseball in the city of Richmond. He was a commissioner, coach and board member for the Richmond Evening Optimist baseball program, and was Optimist of the Year in 1977.

He also was an American Legion coach and spent several years with Richmond’s high school program.

Richmond found success in last year’s Haustetter tournament, finishing 3-0 in the two-day event.

Bolser said this year’s Classic will feature two games played on Friday, and another four on Saturday.

“I think it’s going to be a great event,” Bolser said.

While the weekend will be packed with baseball for the Red Devils, so will this coming week.

Richmond (4-3) travels Tuesday to East Central, and also plays host Thursday to Lawrence Central.

It’s nothing new for RHS. The Red Devils played four games in four days last week, traveling to both Connersville and Yorktown before hosting Pendleton Heights this past Saturday in a doubleheader split at McBride Stadium.

“I thought we did a good job all day offensively. I don’t think we took at-bats off,” RHS coach Tyler Lairson said of Saturday’s twinbill that saw Richmond score 15 runs over two games. “I thought we were OK defensively.

“You have to go after guys (pitching). If they hit it, they hit, but you can’t give them free bases.”

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