SOUTHERN PINES — The Richmond Senior baseball team was unable to contain Pinecrest on Tuesday evening, giving up 14 runs on 17 hits in the teams’ first of two meetings this week.
Tommy Vinson’s hit in the bottom of the sixth inning, which brought in teammate Seth Caddell, put an end the game and gave Pinecrest the 14-4 victory at home.
Richmond (11-7, 3-4 SEC) saw three pitchers take the mound in the loss. Trey Watkins started the game but was relieved by Josh Griffith in the bottom of the third after giving up six runs on six hits. Drew Ingram would take over for Griffith, who also allowed six hits, in the fifth inning.
Chase Haywood got the Raiders off to a good start in the top of the first inning with a lead-off double. Back-to-back sacrifice hits from Myles Rohleder and Chandler Johnson helped Haywood cross home plate and put Richmond ahead 1-0.
Jonathan Lee would record a double moments later, but Ransom’s groundout left him on base as Richmond’s offense jogged off the field.
It didn’t take long for Pinecrest (13-4, 5-2 SEC) to respond, however, as Caddell recorded an RBI single after Zach Martinez and Nik Pry got on base. Vinson then opened things up with a 3-RBI triple in order for the Patriots to take a 4-1 lead heading into the second inning.
Pinecrest scored two runs in the second inning, which was highlighted by Martinez’s solo homer, five runs in the fifth and three in the sixth. Richmond picked up its second run in the fourth and would add two more at the top of the sixth.
Braxton Furstein hit a ball down the third-base line in order to bring home Ransom in the fourth and then recorded a sacrifice hit to bring home Jack Webb in the sixth. The Raiders’ final score came when Haywood was walked with the bases loaded.
Monday’s loss pushed Richmond’s losing streak to four games. The Raiders will aim to end the streak Thursday when they host Pinecrest.
Softball battles back for road win
SOUTHERN PINES — The Richmond Senior softball team was able to score runs when it needed them most.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh inning, the Lady Raiders scored three runs thanks to a passed ball and a 2-RBI single from NaLee Jacobs. They would keep Pinecrest from responding in the bottom of the seventh and walk away with a 4-2 win.
Jacobs, a senior pitcher, came up big for Richmond on Tuesday, as she also recorded an RBI double in the third for the its first run of the game. Her RBI in the final inning capped off the team’s 13th consecutive victory.
Jadyn Johnson was the Lady Raider who crossed home plate on the seventh-inning passed ball.
Richmond (14-1, 7-0 SEC) will welcome Pinecrest to Rockingham on Thursday, looking to complete the regular-season sweep of its conference foe.
Boys tennis falls to Lumberton, Pinecrest
SOUTHERN PINES — The Richmond Senior boys tennis team will be looking to get back on track Thursday at Scotland after dropping back-to-back conference matches.
Richmond fell to Lumberton 3-6 at home Monday, as Austin Harrington and Justin Todd were the only Raiders to earn wins in the singles matches. Both Harrington (No. 2 singles) and Todd (No. 3 singles) needed three sets to take down their respective opponents. Miles Harrington and Josh Brewer were on the winning side of an 8-1 decision in the No. 3 doubles.
The Raiders then lost a close one to Pinecrest on Tuesday, losing 4-5 on the road. Once again Austin Harrington was successful in his singles match, as he had a golden set in his win over Jesse Meacham (6-0, 6-1). Kris Spivey also recorded a golden set in his victory over Kyle Osterman (6-0, 6-2) in the No. 6 singles, while Prashil Thakar took care of Luke Clark in three sets (1-6, 7-5, 10-2).
Spivey and Miles Harrington was the only Richmond duo to earn a doubles win against the Patriots.
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