An unlikely postseason run being orchestrated by the Spoofhound baseball team will continue at least another day and possibly another week.
Playing in their first playoff game since 1986, Maryville used a pair of four-run innings and some excellent relief work from senior Tyler Tripp to beat Richmond 8-4 in sectionals Tuesday.
It was Maryville's first playoff win since 1981.
The Hounds improved to 6-10 and will get to host a quarterfinal game against No. 6 Fatima (20-5) tonight at 5 p.m. The winner advances to the Class 3 Final Four in O'Fallon next week.
Richmond's season ended at 11-7.
All of the scoring on both sides was done in the first and fourth innings. The Hounds scored four in both frames, building as much as an 8-1 lead.
Richmond cut it to 8-4 in the fourth and threatened for more, but Tripp inherited a jam from starter Shane Owens and managed to escape further damage.
He held Richmond scoreless in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings as well to earn the win, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts.
Tripp walked the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh, but retired Alex Nolker on a harmless lineout to the mound to end it.
In addition to his four shutout innings, Tripp drove in three runs and had two hits. Jarrett Cronin had a pair of RBI's and a double.
Jonathan Baker went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Trent Dredge also had an RBI.
Three consecutive singles by Ridge Yount, Baker and Tripp gave Maryville its first run in the top of the first.
The Hounds went on to score three more in the inning to lead 4-0. This increased Maryville's first inning run total to 13 over the last two games.
Two Hound errors in the bottom of the inning allowed Richmond to score its first run.
Owens and Richmond starter Jimmy Hamm put up zero's in the second and third innings before both offenses erupted again in the fourth.
Maryville sent four to the plate after there were two outs and nobody on.
Jacob Cacek started the two-out rally with a walk and Yount reached on a hit by pitch. Baker lined a single that scored pinch-runner Dalton Pistole from second.
Consecutive doubles by Tripp and Cronin brought home three more runs.
Richmond opened its half of the fourth with back-to-back doubles and a single. Owens balked in a run to make it 8-3 and gave up another run-scoring double to Jimmy Heyward.
This ended his day after 3-plus innings.
Tripp walked the first hitter he faced but retired each of the next three.
Page 2 of 2 - With runners at second and third, Richmond's best hitter Reid Summers grounded out to third to end the inning.
Summers relieved Hamm in the fifth and kept the deficit at four runs, but the Spartans never got any closer.
Tripp worked a 1-2-3 fifth and pitched around a one-out single by Heyward in the sixth with a pair of strikeouts.
He started the seventh with a strikeout of M.J. Linville before walking Summers and Matt Stafford. Both runners moved up a base on a strikeout. The throw to third beat Summers, but no tag was made.
Tripp's third walk of the inning brought the tying run to the plate.
On a key 3-1 pitch, Tripp induced a game-ending lineout.
Maryville's quarterfinal opponent, Fatima, beat Holden 8-0 in sectionals.
Fatima has shut out all three of its postseason opponents