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RH baseball falls in Elite Eight
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The Richmond Hill baseball team celebrates after beating nationally ranked Winder-Barrow in the Sweet 16. - photo by Photo courtesy of Richmond Hill baseball

The Richmond Hill baseball team saw its post-season run come to an end Wednesday, dropping two games at Lee County High School 11-1 and 10-0.

The Wildcats end the season at 23-13, having beat nationally ranked Winder-Barrow in the Sweet 16 to advance.

“At this point in the season, you’re facing all good teams,” Richmond Hill Coach Stacy Bennett said. “The Lee County pitcher we faced in the first game had something like a 0.90 ERA.”

Bennett said the score in the first game was not indicative of the way the Wildcats played, having put up six hits. Richmond Hill had the bases loaded in the sixth inning with no outs but could not capitalize.

“We had our chances,” Bennett said. “We just didn’t capitalize. And they did a good job of hitting balls where we weren’t.”

The Trojans had just two more hits than Richmond Hill in the first game, but a two-run homer and a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the sixth inning ended the game early.

Lee County also hit two home runs in the fourth inning of the second game.

“At this time of year you not only need talent, but you need some breaks to go your way and we didn’t get those,” Bennett said.

Bennett said he is proud of the team’s accomplishments as the No. 2 seed in Region 2-AAAAAA, advancing farther than the previous four years as region champs.

“Players want success right away, but as a coach it’s about building the program,” he said. “This team’s success owes a lot to last year’s seniors and the seniors before them.”

This year’s team loses eight seniors.

“You couldn’t ask for a better bunch of seniors,” Bennett said. “They taught me and the coaching staff more than we could ever do in return.”

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