SOUTHERN PINES — There was nothing unlucky about the number 13 for the Richmond Senior softball team.
Richmond stretched its season opening winning streak to 13 games with a 4-0 victory over Southeastern Conference rival Pinecrest Tuesday night.
In order for the Raiders to remain perfect on the season, they needed a solid pitching performance by Summer Jacobs and the defense to back her up.
And that is what happened.
Jacobs allowed four hits, walked three and struck out three in earning the victory. She coaxed the Patriots into 13 ground ball outs.
Just what Richmond coach Wendy Wallace wanted her pitcher to do.
“We threw outside and Summer was hitting her spots,” Wallace said. “The defense made the plays.”
Pinecrest loaded the bases in the fourth with two outs on an error, single, a fielder’s choice and a hit batsman. Jacobs was able to escape without giving up a run when Alyssa Drake grounded out to Katie Satterfield at second.
That was a common theme for Pinecrest in the contest — hitting the ball at Satterfield. Pinecrest grounded out to Satterfield seven times and hit another three at first baseman Jessica Steen.
“When we make our plays, Summer pitches better,” Satterfield said. “When Summer is throwing it well, there are a lot of ground balls. We needed to make our plays and we did tonight.”
Satterfield also played a key role on offense for the Raiders (13-0 overall, 4-0 in SEC). She had a two-run single off the leg of Pinecrest pitcher Bobbie McDaniel in the top of the first to drive home Doodle Jacobs and Ashton Davenport.
“I was trying to help my teammates,” Satterfield said. “It was down the middle and when it is like that you want to hit it back up the middle. I was struggling before but now I’m back.”
Summer Jacobs had a two-run single in the top of the second to knock in Haleigh Denham and Doodle Jacobs to close out the scoring.
Richmond finished with eight hits in the contest, seven in the first two innings. Wallace said she was happy to get runs on the board in the beginning of the game.
“She (McDaniel) found a groove,” Wallace said. “Luckily we hit the ball early.”
Pinecrest fell to 7-3 on the season and 2-2 in the SEC.
In other contests around the SEC, Purnell Swett blanked Hoke 4-0 and Scotland rolled past Lumberton 7-2.
Richmond will return to action 7 p.m. Friday when it travels to Laurinburg to face rival Scotland.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.