BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — The Richmond Senior baseball team scored eight runs on seven hits in the top of the first inning Tuesday night and cruised to another victory in order to remain unbeaten on the season.
Richmond added three runs in both the second and third innings and then tacked on six more in the fifth inning, taking down Marlboro County 20-7 on the road.
“They’re not a bad team. I know the score might indicate different but they’re a good team,” coach Ricky Young said of Marlboro. “I was just proud of the guys and the way we swung the bats tonight.”
After Justin Ingram’s 2-RBI double gave Richmond an early five-run lead, Marlboro made a change on the mound by bringing in Clint English. The pitching change, however, couldn’t stop the Raiders’ momentum.
Haywood followed Ingram with a 2-RBI single, Drew Loving got to first base off a bunt and Jonathan Lee’s double brought in another run to cap off the eight-run inning.
Marlboro was able to score a few runs in the bottom of the first — when Brix Cribb and Peyton Herndon recorded an RBI single and a two-run homer, respectively — but it couldn’t replicate what Richmond had done to start off.
“We talked about coming out focused in the first inning. I think the last couple of years when we played these guys, we just didn’t come out very focused,” Young said. “And I think they responded to the challenge.”
The game only lasted five innings due to Richmond’s lead.
Josh Griffith pitched the first four innings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits and striking out three batters. Jack Webb came in at the bottom of the fifth inning and struck out three consecutive batters to end the game.
The Raiders racked up 14 hits on the night, with Lee’s three-run homer in the fourth inning highlighting their final twelve runs.
Marlboro saw four pitchers take the mound in the non-conference matchup and commited three of its four errors in the top of the fifth. Richmond would take advantage, as its scored three of its six fifth-inning runs off the late mistakes.
“We got some timely hits after walks and errors. And then we were able to get the big hit when we needed it,” Young explained. “It was just good baseball tonight. I was proud of our effort.”
Richmond (4-0) will play at West Montgomery on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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