ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior is the top seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference baseball and softball tournaments.
Hoke, on the other hand, is the No. 6 in both events.
That was the easy part.
It was the rest of the seedings in both tournaments that came down to the final pitches Friday night.
Lumberton and Pinecrest will be forced to flip a coin to break the tie for second and get the important first-round bye. Both teams finished with 7-3 SEC marks and split their season series as well as the one with Richmond, forcing the final tiebreaker of the coin flip.
Lumberton rallied from a two-run deficit in its final at-bat to pull out a 5-4 victory over Scotland. The loss by Scotland will also force a coin flip to determine the fourth and fifth seeds in the conference tourney because Purnell Swett pulled out a 4-2 road victory at Hoke.
The only first round matchup known for sure at press time is Scotland vs. Purnell Swett 7 p.m. Tuesday but the site will be decided on the coin flip.
This means Richmond will play host to the winner of the Scotland-Purnell Swett matchup 7 p.m. Wednesday at Raider Field.
The semifinal winners will battle for the championship 7 p.m. Friday on the home field of the highest seed remaining in the tournament.
On the softball side, things were just as messy.
Richmond and Pinecrest were locked in as the top two seeds, but Purnell Swett, Lumberton and Scotland were all still alive to grab the third seed.
In the end, Scotland was able to secure it with a 3-0 win over Lumberton, while Hoke won its first conference game, knocking off Purnell Swett 6-4.
This means Hoke will travel to Laurinburg to take Scotland 7 p.m. Tuesday in the first round. Even though both teams finished 4-6 in the SEC, Lumberton earned the No. 4 seed because it swept the season series with Purnell Swett. This means the Pirates will play host to the Rams in the first round.
The winner of the Purnell Swett-Lumberton matchup will face Richmond and either Hoke or Scotland will take on Pinecrest in the semifinals.
Richmond finished 3rd in SEC meet
PEMBROKE — Richmond Senior’s boys and girls track and field teams placed third in the Southeastern Conference meet that concluded Friday afternoon.
Pinecrest finished with 130 points to edge Scotland by one in the boys competition, while Hoke cruised to the girls title.
Travis Newton was named the conference’s most valuable runner after finishing first in the 100- and 200-meter races as well as helping Richmond’s 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams in victories. Alphonso Jones was first in the shot put and Tyler York was second in the triple jump.
Daesha Everette took first in the girls shot put competition and Bri David finished second in the 100.
Auman still alive in regionals
WILMINGTON — Richmond Senior tennis player Colt Auman won his first two singles matches at the 4A East Regional in Wilmington.
Auman, a junior, is attempting to qualify for the state tournament in singles after making it in doubles as a freshman with his brother, Alex.
Richmond’s doubles team of Andrew Balzer and Brandon Ingram won its first match before falling in the second round.
Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.