While wasn't technically home for the Richfield baseball team, the Spartans made themselves welcome at the lighted field of host Holy Angels on Friday night by defeating the Stars, 7-3, to claim bragging rights within the city limits.
While Richfield was the home team for the game, the matchup was played at the field that Holy Angels calls its own on account of the lights needed to play an evening game on the Spartans "Senior Night."
Eight members of the Richfield squad—, Andre Hill, , , Nick Olson, , , Ethan Hollis—and their families were honored in a pre-game ceremony before the first pitch.
Holy Angels started off the game by taking the night's first lead, 1-0, as Kris Keding—pinch-running for catcher Will Pagel, who led off the game with a walk—scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Lucas Long in the top of the first inning.
Richfield promptly battled back to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first at Tyler Klopp earned a leadoff walk and later scored on a two-out single by P.J. Peterson.
The Spartans claimed their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second as Nick Olson hit a one-out single and scored on Klopp's booming two-out triple to make it 2-1; Richfield increased the edge to 3-1 in the third at Phil Peterson scored on Andrew Peterson's sacrifice fly.
Holy Angels took advantage of several walks and a Spartans fielding miscue to knot the score at 3-3 in the fourth as Matt Workman and Kyle Banyard scored to draw the Stars even.
Yet, Richfield quickly re-took the advantage in the bottom of the frame, this time for good, as a Klopp single scored Joe Griffin with two outs before Klopp himself came home on a Holy Angels error to put the Spartans up 5-3.
After a scoreless fifth inning, Tyler Jegtvig gave Richfield two insurance runs in the home half of the sixth with a single that drove in Klopp and Cameron Dearing with what would be the game's final runs in the Spartans' eventual 7-3 win.
Holy Angels went down 1-2-3 in its concluding turn at-bat as Richfield secured the triumph on the night.
Spartans starting pitcher Andrew Peterson earned the win with five innings of work before giving way to reliever Andre Hill, who earned the save after facing seven batters; Holy Angels starter Jordan Folsi suffered the loss, with Eric Style also pitching in relief for the Stars.
Richfield improved to 11-5 with the win, while Holy Angels dropped to 6-7 overall.
The Stars are scheduled to host Missota Conference rival Chanhassen at noon on Saturday, while Richfield is off until Monday when they travel to St. Thomas Academy for a 4:15 p.m. start; the Spartans and Cadets are currently tied for second place in the Classic Suburban Conference (CSC), with each team boasting a 9-4 circuit mark—two games behind conference leader Hill-Murray.