Lincoln’s Alex Smith robbed Matt Morrow of a couple of potential RBIs early Thursday night.
Good thing for the Richmond senior he had a couple more opportunities.
Morrow plated four Red Devil runs — and his two-run single up the middle made for an early end to the game — as Richmond extended its winning streak to seven straight with a 10-0 win in five innings over the Golden Eagles at McBride Stadium.
Morrow went 2-for-3, scored twice and very nearly drove home a few more Red Devils when Smith snagged a sharply hit line drive with runners on first and second to end the second inning.
“I got up in some good situations today with runners on every time,” Morrow said. “I capitalized on a couple.”
He wasn’t alone.
Teammate Tanner Marlow doubled twice, scored three times and drove in a run, while Chandler Whalen’s two-run double was a highlight of a three-run first inning for RHS.
Kendal Baker and Isaak Snyder each scored twice and Snyder doubled, with Bryce Austin smacking an RBI single in the bottom of the third.
“As a team, I just feel like we’re hitting very well. The lineup looks good,” Morrow said. “We’re throwing strikes. That’s the biggest thing, is throwing strikes.”
Nate Flannery tossed a two-hit shutout for the Red Devils. The senior struck out five in five innings. Two came in the first inning with the Golden Eagles threatening with two on and one out.
Richmond’s defense also turned a 5-4-3 double play to end the top of the second, and Flannery struck out two of the final three batters he faced in the fifth.
“It was definitely good to get this win,” said Flannery, who also picked a runner off second base in the third. “I felt pretty good. I had a couple of walks. I wish I could get those back, but can’t look back now. We have Kokomo Saturday, so we’re looking forward.”
Justin Black had both of Lincoln’s base hits.
Freshman southpaw Holden Russell started for Lincoln on short notice. Golden Eagle coach Tom Gable said sophomore Lucian Cornett originally was slated to pitch, but did not because of a shoulder issue during warm-ups.
“We had to change a lot of the lineup around,” Gable said.
“We didn’t hit the ball like I thought we could, and we had a few chances and didn’t come through there.”
Richmond snapped a three-game winning streak for the Golden Eagles (5-8), who play Saturday at the Wapahani Invitational.
“They (the Red Devils) are a very good team,” Gable said.
“We played pretty well last weekend, and we beat Winchester (on Wednesday). We’re starting to cut some of the mistakes we were making, and I think they feel a little bit better about themselves. We’re progressing.”
Tyler Slawson, Chris Larson and Parker Holland had singles for Richmond, as each hitter in the Red Devil lineup either scored a run or had a base hit.
“We played OK. I was not pleased with our approach mentally to the game,” said RHS coach Tyler Lairson.
” … We got some at-bats, we got some live plays and we got some mound time. … We’ll move forward to the next one.”
Richmond (11-4) opens North Central Conference play Saturday at McBride with a doubleheader against Kokomo.
The Red Devils contended for the NCC title last year before finishing 8-6. New Castle won the conference championship in its final season in the NCC.
“Obviously throwing strikes, filling the zone up, making routine plays and having much better approaches at the plate and not taking at-bats off,” Lairson said of what he wants to see Saturday from the Red Devils. “A little more upbeat.”