While the box score will reflect Richmond hammered Lumberton 10-0 to knock the Pirates out of a first place tie in the Southeastern conference, the game meant so much more.
All of the proceeds from Friday’s third annual Think Pink baseball game will benefit the Angela B. Hodges Endowed Scholarship which goes to a Robeson County student to study music at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Angela Hodges is the late wife of Lumberton head baseball coach Paul Hodges.
The game also raises breast cancer awareness as most of the fans in attendance were wearing pink, as were both squads. Across the outfield, activities for the annual Relay for Life were taking place at Alton G. Brooks Stadium.
“It was a big disappointment because we didn’t show up to play tonight,” Paul Hodges said. “It was nice having the teams come together like this, with all of the excitement.”
Richmond (13-8, 4-3) opened the scoring in the first inning as Corey Wallace continued his torrid hitting against Robeson County pitching. Wallace smashed a two-run home run to center field off Lumberton starting pitcher Thomas Williams to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead. Wallace hammered a homer against Purnell Swett Tuesday night.
“The ball looks like a beach ball right now,” Wallace said. “I’m doing what the coaches told me to do. They said I was too anxious at the plate.”
The Raiders tacked on an unearned run in the third and it was all Richmond starting pitcher Ricky Holden would need. Holden pitched the five-inning complete game allowing just one hit, walking four and striking out four.
Richmond put the game away in the fifth inning by scoring seven runs off reliever Zach McCartney.
“They’re a hot team right now,” Hodges said. “I told my guys we’re not in the old conference anymore. We can’t come out flat against teams like Scotland or Richmond. When we do, we get beat 10-0 like we did tonight.”
Richmond returns home to face Pinecrest on Tuesday.
Lumberton 7, Richmond 3
LUMBERTON — Kayla Ivey had a two-run triple in a six-run fifth as Lumberton ruined Richmond’s bid for a perfect Southeastern Conference mark 7-3 Friday night.
Kacey Dent added a run-scoring double in the decisive fifth that broke a 1-all tie. Stephanie Morgan earned the victory for the Pirates, while Casey Snead took the loss for the Raiders (8-8, 5-1).
Richmond hosts Pinecrest Tuesday at 5 p.m.