ROCKINGHAM — There was very little mystery as to what helped Richmond Senior remain undefeated Friday night.
Power and pitching.
Richmond hit two home runs, including a grand slam by Hunter Parks, and Summer Jacobs allowed three hits in a 10-1 victory over Hoke Friday night. Richmond improved to school-best 15-0 in the fast-pitch era and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Hoke dropped to 5-10 overall and 0-7 in the SEC.
Parks’ shot came with two outs in the bottom of the first on a 3-1 count that easily cleared the left field fence.
“It felt good,” Parks said. “I was trying to help my team. We only had one run and I wanted to get something started and get the momentum going.
“I was waiting for my pitch. I knew she had to throw something good eventually.”
Jennifer Steen followed Parks’ blast with a solo home run to left-center as the Raiders built a 6-1 lead after the first inning.
“We worked for three solid days on getting on top of the ball and hitting line drives and ground balls against off-speed pitching,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “We talked about that Friday at Scotland. We had three pop-ups in the first two innings. We talked about what we worked on in practice and the girls carried it over.”
That five-run cushion was all Jacobs would need.
After allowing a solo home run to Bryce Smith and a double to Caleigh Norton in the first, Jacobs settled into a groove and retired the next 16 batters in a row until Smith doubled with two outs in the top of the sixth. Jacobs finished with seven strikeouts, including two of the final three hitters she faced.
Richmond recorded 10 hits in the game. Parks was the only Raider with multiple hits. Besides her grand slam, Parks added a run-scoring single in the fourth to finish with five RBIs on the night. Kim Covington, Katie Satterfield, Jennifer Steen and Jessica Steen all knocked in one run in the victory.
It was the fourth time this season Richmond has scored at least 10 runs in a game. The last time was March 31 in a 10-7 win at Union Pines.
Richmond will return to action 7 p.m. Tuesday when it travels to Pembroke to face Purnell Swett.
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