Richmond takes its 3-0 start into a slate that includes four games in five days this week.
Another possible opponent for the Red Devils? The weather.
Rain is a constant presence in much of this week’s forecast. Richmond is scheduled to play host to Connersville tonight at McBride Stadium, should the wet weather hold off.
“It’s a long week for us,” said RHS coach Tyler Lairson, whose team received votes in the Class 4A poll by the Indiana Baseball Coaches Association. “Four games in one week is a tough stretch on a high school staff.”
So far, so good for Red Devil pitching.
Richmond outscored opponents 30-3 in three victories last week. The Red Devils halted Hagerstown 10-0 and swept a doubleheader from Franklin County 8-1 and 12-2.
Two of those games last week were finished in five innings. Jordan Christian and Kyler Helms each threw complete games on Saturday over the Wildcats, with Bryce Austin combining with Helms to shut out the Tigers in last Tuesday’s season opener.
“I’m confident in where our pitching staff is at,” Lairson said. “Jared (Drayton) hasn’t even thrown yet. (This week) will be a test for us.”
Yorktown, ranked sixth in Class 3A, visits McBride Stadium on Thursday, while the Red Devils travel Saturday for a doubleheader vs. North Central Conference foe Marion.
“Yorktown will come in and it’s going to be a good game,” Lairson said. “Connersville has some good arms and some good athletes.”
Part of Richmond’s focus has been on shoring up its defense.
“Our defense is doing very well. We practice on it a lot,” Helms said. “Offseason that’s all we did. We hit and we also worked on grounders and stuff.”
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