HOPE MILLS — The Richmond Senior baseball team cruised past South View, 12-1 in five innings, to complete a suspended game Monday night. The contest was started on March 21, but was delayed due to rain with the Raiders leading 4-0 in the second inning.
The win was the fifth straight for Richmond, which improves to 14-4 overall.
“The last three games we have been swinging the bats well,” Richmond coach Ricky Young said. “Our pitching has been solid, we have just been waiting for the bats to pick up and they are starting to come around.”
Jacob Sears picked up the victory, pitching four innings in relief of James Buie. Sears allowed three hits and an unearned run, while striking out two.
Jeremy Smith and Adam Sweatt each had three hits in the win. Ryan Mercer added two hits and a run batted in. Buie finished with two hits and three RBIs. Austin Brower recorded a three-run double for Richmond.
The Raiders return to action at 7 p.m. today at Southeastern Conference rival Purnell Swett.
Richmond blanks Purnell Swett
PEMBROKE — After struggling in the first half, the Richmond Senior girls soccer team exploded in the final 40 minutes.
The Raiders downed Purnell Swett 7-0 in a Southeastern Conference clash Monday night.
Lashonda York netted three goals to pace Richmond (7-8-1, 3-3). Ariel Schnell added two goals, while Brittany Hudson and Cherie Ellerbe each had one tally.
“We were very sluggish coming off of Easter break,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “I knew we would be.”
The Raiders will return to the pitch at 7 p.m. Wednesday at SEC foe Lumberton.
Golfers finish fifth in match
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST — John Dunlap fired an 80 to lead the Richmond Senior boys golf team to a fifth-place finish at a Southeastern Conference match at the National Golf Club Monday afternoon.
The Raiders finished with a team total of 348 as Tyler Kirk finished with an 81, Chris McDonald shot a 93, Caleb Neeley carded a 94 and Cameron Burr had a 97.
“It’s a beautiful but tough course,” Richmond coach Ray Entwistle said. “The kids really struggled with their putting today. I am proud of Caleb. Even though his score looks high, he’s a ninth-grader out there.”
Pinecrest won its fourth straight SEC match with a total of 282. Purnell Swett was second with a 314. Lumberton took third with a score of 332, followed by Scotland with a 339.
The next SEC match is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Pinecrest Country Club in Lumberton.
Raiders capture tourney title
SANFORD — The Richmond Senior baseball team outlasted Union Pines, 11-9, to capture the Southern Lee baseball tournament Saturday night.
The teams were tied at five, before the Raiders pulled away for the victory.
James Buie earned the win in relief of Bradley Brown. Buie hurled 3 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and striking out six.
Jeremy Smith, who was named the tournament’s MVP, was 2-of-4 with a triple in the win. Brown went 2-for-3 with four runs batted in, while Austin Brower was 2-of-4 with a double and 3 RBIs.
Brown and Brower were also named to the all-tournament team as was Ryan Mercer.
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