Lester was later named most valuable player of the 2013 tourney.
The Richlands defense sat down the last six Fayetteville batters in order to claim a 6-5 win and a spot in the championship.
Princeton pitcher Bo Williams came out hot in the finale, throwing a no-hitter with five strikeouts until Horton lofted a soft single into right field in the fourth. Williams ended with 11 strikeouts.
Richlands pitcher River Michaels encountered some rough spots in the middle innings and left the game after five, with the score tied 2-2.
Michaels said, “You’ve just got to brush your shoulder off on that. I mean, they’re going to hit, they’re going to miss. You’ve just got to brush it off and keep going — keep going strong.”
Richlands head coach Adam Davis said, “He’s pitched some big games for us lately and he’s just done a wonderful job. He didn’t get the win, but that doesn’t indicate how well he pitched.”
Andy Guerriero picked up the pitching win with two innings of relief work. He walked the first batter he faced, Will Hickman, who came home on a sacrifice fly to give Princeton a 3-2 lead after six innings.
But in Richlands’ half of the final frame, Jonathan Cochran and Chase Ray drew walks off Williams, and Horton brought them home for the game’s final runs.
Michaels said about the seventh inning, “We had a lot of adversity and we never gave up. We’re a no-quitter team. It’s just flat-out, with us. No end until victory.”
The two teams will test that premise when they play again on Wednesday at Richlands’ home field on the Southwest Virginia Community College campus.
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