Lots of zeroes on the McBride Stadium scoreboard Wednesday night. Most of them good news for the Red Devils.
Tanner Marlow and Jordan Christian both hit home runs, Richmond played flawless defense and the Red Devils ran their win streak to three straight with a 10-0 victory in six innings over Franklin County.
Nate Flannery and Jake Robertson were both effective on the mound, combining for the shutout. The Richmond offense provided them ample support, striking for six runs in the third and another four in the sixth.
“We played a good ballgame,” said RHS sophomore Isaak Snyder, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. “We’ll win a lot of games if we don’t make any errors.”
Snyder’s two-run triple in the bottom of the third started the scoring for the Red Devils, and was immediately followed by an RBI double by Matt Morrow.
Marlow’s two-run home run to left field made it 5-0, and Christian’s solo shot to right field gave RHS its sixth third-inning run.
“We needed that kind of inning,” Snyder said.
Chandler Whalen continued his production at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Whalen is now 8-for-8 during the past three games.
Morrow worked a bases-loaded walk to plate another Richmond run in the sixth, Marlow scored two more with a double and Tyler Slawson ended the game by slicing an RBI single.
“I knew our offense would swing it. I thought they did a good job and got rolling there,” said RHS coach Tyler Lairson. “Good job by the pitchers. Overall a good win.”
Chris Larson also had a hit for the Red Devils (7-4), while Kendal Baker walked twice and scored a run.
“It gave us confidence, because everybody kept hitting the ball,” Baker said. “Our defense backed us up, too.
“Everybody played great. Just a good game all the way around.”
Baker kept busy in the outfield. The senior center fielder recorded seven putouts.
Richmond also turned a pair of double plays, including a 1-6-3 to put away the Wildcats in the sixth.
“If we don’t make errors and we play solid defense and we fill up the zone, that’s what can happen,” Lairson said.
Franklin County is tied for eighth in the latest Class 3A poll.
“They have some scary hitters in their lineup,” Lairson said of the Wildcats. “They are very aggressive. I thought they hit the fastball well, and we did a good job of getting the ball up in the air on them.”
Flannery and Robertson limited Franklin County to two hits, both in the fourth inning.
Morrow, Whalen and Larson combined for a 6-4-3 double play to help end that threat.
Richmond returns to action tonight with a road game at Rushville.
“We just need to keep doing this,” Snyder said. “We have conference games coming up soon, so we need to keep swinging it well.”