INDIAN TRAIL — The Richmond Senior baseball team opened its season with a 7-all tie against Porter Ridge Thursday afternoon.
Richmond scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead, but because the contest was called because of darkness, the score reverted to the final completed inning.
The Raiders built a 7-0 lead in the third inning before the Pirates mounted a rally. The home team scored four runs in the bottom half of the frame off Richmond starter Cody Leviner on four hits and an error.
Porter Ridge knotted the game in the fifth chasing reliever Brandon Gibson, who surrendered two singles, a double and hit a batter without recording an out. James Buie pitched out of the trouble to maintain the tie.
“James pitched well the rest of the way,” Richmond coach Ricky Young said. “We had a couple of chances to make plays that would have limited the damage. In all my years I have never been involved in a tie.”
Richmond (0-0-1) had 12 hits in the game. Gibson had three hits, including a three-run home run. Cody Mullen also added three hits and Mike Rush recorded two.
“We hit the ball all over the place,” Young said. “After we got up 7-0 we hit the ball right at them. In the seventh and eighth we had runners in scoring position. We had plenty of chances.”
Richmond will return to action 5 p.m. today against Terry Sanford. Last season, the Bulldogs handed the Raiders their only regular season loss.
Softball hits the road
ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior softball team will travel to Jack Britt 4 p.m. today before heading to Ramseur to face Eastern Randolph 2 p.m. Saturday.
Richmond edged Anson 3-2 in its season opener Wednesday night. Summer Jacobs and Haleigh Denham each had two hits in the win. Jacobs picked up the pitching victory.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.