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Shawn Stinson|Daily JournalCody Leviner, center, was the only Richmond Senior baseball player to be selected to this month's Powerade State Games in Charlotte.
Shawn Stinson|Daily JournalCody Leviner, center, was the only Richmond Senior baseball player to be selected to this month's Powerade State Games in Charlotte.
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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior will have a presence in the Powerade State Games, just not as big as before.

After placing three players two years ago and two last season, the Richmond baseball team will have just one representative this go around.

The same will be true for the softball team. Richmond had four players last year, but just one two seasons ago.

Cody Leviner was named to the Region 4 baseball team, while Cher Morse was selected to the Region 4 softball team.

Leviner, who had the game-winning single in Game 2 of the 4A state championship series with West Forsyth, isn’t sure if he will play shortstop or pitch.

“I tried out for both positions,” Leviner said. “I probably won’t know until we start practice.”

Leviner finished the season with a .365 batting average and 15 runs batted in. The junior had seven doubles and a home run at the plate.

On the mound, Leviner was 9-2 with one save and a 1.60 earned run average. He had 74 strikeouts in 78 2/3 innings and only walked nine.

Leviner added he wasn’t the only Raider to try out for the team that will be coached by Union Pines’ Chad Hill. Leviner said he was surprised Ethan Baucom, who hit a game-tying home run in Game 2 of the 4A final series, wasn’t selected.

“Ethan most definitely should have been on it,” Leviner said.

Baucom batted .341 with a team-high five home runs and 29 RBIs.

In addition to Baucom and Leviner, Dylan Carpenter, Joseph Griffith and Cody Mullen also tried out for the squad.

Last season, Richmond placed Bradley Brown and Nic Bullard on the Region 4 team. In 2012, Drew Butler and Jeremy Smith join Brown in the games.

Southeastern Conference schools Lumberton and Scotland also placed players on this year’s squad. Evan Odum and Daniel Oxendine were selected from Lumberton, while Grant English will represent Scotland.

The team’s first game is against Region 5 3:45 p.m. June 19 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte. It will return to action 3:45 p.m. the next day against Region 6 at UNC Charlotte. The team will conclude its round-robin play 10 a.m. June 21 versus Region 3 at UNC Charlotte.

The competition’s championship games will be June 22. The bronze medal game will be at 10 a.m., followed by the gold medal contest at 1 p.m. Both games will be at UNC Charlotte. The fifth- and seventh-place contests will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Hopewell High School.

Morse played shortstop on junior varsity this year and was one of the top hitters on the team according to Richmond coach Wendy Wallace.

Morse hit .558 with five doubles and three home runs. She was a perfect 30 of 30 stealing bases.

“It feels really good,” Morse said about making the team. “I didn’t think I would because I thought two of my teammates were better than me. I was surprised.”

In addition to Morse, Peyton Fann, Nalee Jacobs and Tori Mabe, all Richmond junior varsity players, tried out for the team.

Wallace added no one from varsity made the trip for tryouts.

The Raiders placed four on last summer’s Region 4 team — Ashton Davenport, Doodle Jacobs, Summer Jacobs and Hunter Parks. Parks was the school’s lone representative in 2012.

The Region 4 team has one other SEC player on its roster — Jordan Blake from Pinecrest.

The squad will begin its competition 9 p.m. Monday against Region 2 at Hopewell. It will return to action 10 a.m. June 17 against Region 3. The team will play its final round-robin game later that day against Region 6 at 8:15 p.m. at UNC Charlotte.

The competition’s championship games will begin at 2 p.m. June 18 at UNC Charlotte.

Reach sports editor Shawn Stinson at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.

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