Richmond took a back-to-basics approach to hitting Thursday night.
The Red Devils also took a 10-0 softball win in five innings from visiting Connersville.
Freshman Paityn Farris brought home the final two Red Devil runs with a fifth-inning double to center field, Elissa Tilton and Keryn Siler combined for a shutout and Richmond evened its record at 1-1.
It was a rare chance for the Red Devils to get on their home field so far this spring. RHS coach Kyle Ingram said this was just the fifth time his team had been on the diamond, and it followed a good day of practice on Wednesday.
“There is only so much that you can do indoors,” Ingram said. “They are itching to play. I was just real pleased with their practice yesterday, and then they came out today and played really good softball.”
The Red Devils were solid at the plate and in the field.
Richmond’s offense produced 10 hits — two each by Mackenzie Taylor, Ciara Jordan, Keara Henderson and Brooklyn Vickers — while the Red Devil defense kept the Spartan bats at bay.
Tilton tossed 41⁄3 innings, allowing no runs and two hits, while Siler pitched the final two outs of the game.
“The weather was great. A good day for softball,” said Tilton, who didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the third inning. “We hit today, and defense, we were on that pretty good. It makes me feel more confident. I know I can go up there and make a hit wherever, and they’ll make the plays.”
Taylor had a leadoff single for Richmond in the bottom of the first, then scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch.
The Red Devils followed with three runs in the second and four more in the third. Taylor had a two-run single, and Henderson plated two more runs with her third-inning double.
Ryanne Spicer walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth, Jordan singled and Farris brought them both home with a long fly ball toward the center-field fence.
Richmond had not played in a little more than a week, after a season-opening 10-0 loss April 9 at Hamilton Southeastern.
“As long as we kept up, and we kept up in practice and stayed focused in practice and came out and played our game, that’s all that really mattered,” Farris said.
Added Ingram: “We didn’t hit it at all at Hamilton Southeastern. … Did a lot of tee work. Did a lot of work and focus on our fundamentals, and then discussing with the girls what it is about their strike zone they like to see a pitch in. And then understanding the importance that once we get two strikes on us, that it’s imperative for us to get the bat on the ball and force teams to make plays.”
Henderson, Vickers and Spicer all scored twice, Grace Townsend also had a hit and scored a run and Casey St. Clair added another run for the Red Devils.
Emily Reese and MaKayla Shirkey both had hits for Connersville.
“(We) hit the ball. Moved runners. Played well defensively,” Ingram said. “With any game, there are always going to be some things you want to improve upon, so obviously we have some things to work on before our invite Saturday.”
The Red Devils face Eaton at 10 a.m. Saturday in the opening game of the Richmond Invitational, followed by Jay County vs. Hagerstown.
There also will be a consolation game and championship.
“We’re looking forward to it,” Tilton said. “We’re ready to go.”