RAEFORD — It was a day later than expected, but the Richmond Senior boys tennis team opened its season with a victory.
Richmond knocked off Hoke 8-1 in a Southeastern Conference match Tuesday afternoon. Richmond was scheduled to square off with South View Monday but the contest was postponed because of rain.
The Raiders captured five of six singles matches and swept the doubles against the Bucks.
Richmond’s Colt Auman defeated Josh Sellers 6-1, 6-0 in the top singles match. Andrew Balzer and Brandon Ingram knocked off their opponents, Nick Taggard and Eric Metts, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 and No. 3. John Pittman stopped Derek Colley 6-2, 6-1 and Ryan Watkins downed Chase Assan 6-4, 6-2.
Hoke’s lone victory in the match was in the No. 6 singles contest as Alex Crowder edged Hill Pence 4-6, 6-3, 12-10.
In doubles, Auman and Ingram combined to beat Sellers and Taggard 8-1. The team of Balzer and Pittman blanked Metts and Colley 8-0. Pence and Watkins defeated Assan and Crowder 8-2.
Richmond (1-0 overall, 1-0 SEC) is scheduled to return to action 4 p.m. Thursday when it plays host to SEC foe Purnell Swett.
Weather postpones baseball game
RICHMOND — The Richmond Senior-West Montgomery baseball game slated for Tuesday was postponed to 5 p.m. today.
Richmond coach Ricky Young said the West Montgomery coaching staff informed him Tuesday morning their field was too damp following Monday’s rain to play. The Raiders are 1-0-1 on the year.
The Richmond girls soccer team will look to avenge its season-opening loss when it welcomes Forest Hills to Raider Stadium 6 p.m. today. The Yellow Jackets blanked the Raiders 1-0 last Friday.
The Richmond softball team will return to action 6 p.m. today when it travels to Southwestern Randolph, the alma mater of coach Wendy Wallace. The Raiders are 3-0 this season.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.