Do you live in Richmond and need your heart checked?
Just head out to a Richmond baseball game – they’ll give your heart a run for its money.
“The cardiac kids are back,” Blue Devils head coach Scott Evans said. “That part of this team didn’t graduate from last year.”
The winning tradition also has yet to leave, as the Blue Devils topped Marine City 7-6 to make it a 4-0 week.
Richmond was down 5-1 on the road against Marine City heading into the top of the seventh inning, but the dugout was still upbeat and loose. It’s almost like they knew a six-run inning was coming, highlighted by senior Connor Margosian smoking a two-run single with two outs to give his Blue Devils a 6-5 lead.
It hasn’t been a bad week for Margosian, who also had the walk-off hit two days earlier against Marysville.
“This isn’t my first time being in this kind of a situation,” Margosian said. “Coach Scott always talks about slowing the game down and letting the ball come to you. And that’s what I did, and it worked out.”
Richmond had five hits in that seventh inning, including two coming from Matt Skoryanc, who hit home Austin Sinda for their seventh run. However, Marine City didn’t help its cause as they committed three errors with just two outs to go.
“We just knew we weren’t dead and knew we could come back,” Skoryanc said. “It was about time we got some hits.”
Before that inning, Marine City’s Zach Denean made hits hard to come by as he threw eight strikeouts and allowed three hits in his six innings of work. With that performance coming a day after Kohle Sobol’s 18-strikeout performance against Marysville, pitching will clearly be a strength as the Mariners head into conference play.
“You had Kohle last night, you had Zach tonight and you add Ray (Forest) in there,” Marine City head coach Daryn Letson said. “We know we are going to be in games. We just need to find a way to finish games and do them right in crucial moments.”
Richmond also had a solid performance from starter Stefan Fenwick, who went five innings while allowing just three hits.
When Marine City went into the sixth inning with a 2-1 lead, it looked like they got the insurance runs they would need to ice the game.
The bottom of the sixth started with a homer by Jake Headlee that missed a passing car on King Road by mere feet. From there, Jake Hassien hit home Scott Selleck and Ryan Sommers brought Troy Couckuyt home on a double for a 5-1 lead.
In the seventh inning with a two run deficit, Marine City’s Alex Kelley hit home Zach Coverdill, but it wasn’t enough as Scoryanc picked up the save.
“We all stick together and stay upbeat,” Scoryanc said. “The dugout was an awesome atmosphere, we all stuck together and coach Rick (Radzinski) keeps us pumped up.”