ROCKINGHAM — Something will have to give tonight for Richmond Senior.
It will either be the team’s second-round jinx or its 26-game winning streak.
Richmond coach Wendy Wallace obviously hopes her team will still be standing next week.
“Yes, we hope to break the second-round jinx,” Wallace said. “We have been working hard the past two days and are ready to play.”
Since 2006, the Raiders are winless in five attempts to reach the third round. Richmond fell to West Johnston last year at home as well as in 2007. Garner thwarted Richmond’s playoff run in 2012, Ashley and New Bern did the same in 2010 and 2009.
Tonight’s second-round opponent is not a stranger to Wallace and her team. In fact, Jack Britt and Richmond have battled two times earlier this season.
Since the Southeastern Conference was reformed in 2009-10 school year, the Raiders and the Buccaneers have squared off nine times in non-league contests. Until this year when Richmond won both games — 8-4 in eight innings on Feb. 28 and 10-1 on March 12 — the series had been one-sided as Jack Britt was 7-0.
“We will have to be focused tomorrow,” Wallace said. “Jack Britt is a great ball team and are well-coached.”
Jack Britt enters the game with a 14-8 overall record and was third in the Mid-South Atlantic Conference. It advanced to the second round after routing New Bern 13-2. Stephanie Thomas launched a grand slam in the fourth inning for the Buccaneers.
Richmond, like Jack Britt, cruised into the second round with a 10-0 victory over Clayton. Senior pitcher Summer Jacobs tossed a no-hitter, striking out four, but walking five. Jacobs was also the top hitter for the Raiders, going 3 for 4 with a double and four runs batted in.
The winner of tonight’s clash will face Ashley (17-9) in the third round. Ashley moved on with its 7-3 win over South View Friday night. In the only other game involving a Southeastern Conference school, Cape Fear improved to 23-0 with an 8-2 victory over Scotland.
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