Potent Red Devils nab another NCC win

Potent Red Devils nab another NCC win

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Potent Red Devils nab another NCC win

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Kendal Baker left little room to doubt.

The Richmond center fielder gloved a fly ball on the run for one out, then fired the ball to first base for another.

Baker caught a Bearcat runner off the base by a comfortable margin on a hit-and-run attempt, giving the Red Devils their second double play during Wednesday’s North Central Conference victory over Muncie Central.

“I just tried to make the throw to first, and got it,” Baker said after the 14-4 victory in five innings at McBride Stadium.

The Red Devils left little room to doubt, too, as they remained unbeaten in the NCC.

Tyler Slawson slammed a three-run home run to right field, Kyler Helms went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and Matt Morrow went 3-for-4 with two runs scored as Richmond won its 11th straight game to rise to 15-4 overall.

Each Red Devil batter either got a hit or scored a run as Richmond swept the two-game series from the Bearcats for a 4-0 NCC mark.

“We’re coming together every game,” said RHS catcher Parker Holland. “Everybody is doing their job.”

Holland had two hits and knocked in three runs in the win, with Baker, Helms, Jordan Christian and Chandler Whalen also adding RBIs.

Tanner Marlow didn’t have an official at-bat — he was walked twice and hit twice by pitches — but he still scored twice in the victory.

Christian tossed his fourth consecutive complete game as he earned the pitching win. The sophomore righthander struck out three and tossed four scoreless innings before Muncie Central pushed four runs across in the top of the fifth that made it 10-4 and avoided — at least briefly — an early night.

Turns out, the Bearcats extended the game only by half an inning. Christian and Holland had back-to-back RBIs — and Christian scored on a throwing error — before Whalen ended the game with a run-scoring single to left field that plated Holland.

“Everybody is confident,” Holland said of the Red Devils’ approach to the plate.

Richmond was coming off an 18-6 road win over the Bearcats on Tuesday that saw the Red Devils collect 19 base hits.

The Devils added 15 more base knocks in Wednesday’s win.

“Everybody is doing their part,” said Baker, who had a two-run double in the left-center gap in the fourth inning. “It’s great because you can tell everybody is getting comfortable with their spots.

“For me, I haven’t hit leadoff before, but since everybody is getting comfortable, everybody is getting on a roll with it.”

Morrow had base hits in his first three at-bats, giving him nine straight hits at McBride. The senior shortstop was 6-for-6 in Richmond’s 18-11 win over Kokomo on Saturday.

Slawson’s three-run home run gave him eight RBIs in his past two games at McBride.

“Doing well offensively, even though I’m disappointed at our lack of execution at times with runners on base, especially with nobody out or one out and we get nothing out of it,” said RHS coach Tyler Lairson.

“Overall, we’re swinging the bat fairly well.”

Richmond travels Saturday to Logansport for a single game. Originally scheduled to be played as a doubleheader, the Red Devils will now return to Logansport on May 23 for the second game in the NCC series.

The Red Devils’ next game at McBride is Tuesday against Anderson.

“It’s really important to get off to a good start. I really think our conference is pretty even across the board,” Lairson said. “To sweep one team, let alone two, is a good job early. What we have to do is forgot about those last two and move on to the next one.”

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