Richmond is scheduled to begin its 2014 baseball campaign this Tuesday at McBride Stadium.
The Red Devils will play host to Hagerstown, another Wayne County program, at 6 p.m.
Snow kept Richmond from opening against Hagerstown last season. The Red Devils finished 16-12. The Tigers won Tri-Eastern Conference and Class 2A sectional championships.
“It’s a good start for us,” said RHS coach Tyler Lairson. “I know they do good things over there.”
Lairson is in his first year as head coach of the Red Devils. He graduated from Richmond High School in 2004, and played at Division I Southern Illinois, as well as professionally in the Frontier League.
Lairson has kept busy at McBride since then. He will enter his sixth season leading the Richmond RiverRats, a summer woodbat collegiate team.
The Red Devils will try to stay busy this week, too. They’ll also play host to nearby Ohio foe Eaton in a Saturday doubleheader.
The Eagles have a new coach, as well — Keltavious Jones, who played for the Dayton Dragons. The Dragons are a Single A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
“They have a new coach over there,” Lairson said of the Eagles. “They are young. They have great freshmen. They have very good kids over there.”
Richmond plays its first away game April 8 when the Red Devils travel to Connersville. They follow that with a road trip April 10 to Yorktown before returning April 12 to McBride for a doubleheader against Pendleton Heights.
“We respect everybody we play and take it one game at a time,” Lairson said. “It’s important for us not to get ahead of ourselves.”