PEMBROKE — Cierra Bowden hurled a no-hitter and added two hits as Richmond Senior downed Purnell Swett 11-1 in a Southeastern Conference showdown Tuesday night.
Bowden struck out eight and walked one in the victory.
Summer Jacobs went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a run batted in. Bailey Coulthard, Katie Satterfield and Doodle Jacobs each added two hits for the Raiders.
“The girls are hitting the ball well,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “It was a great team effort and Cierra pitched great.”
Richmond improves to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in SEC play. Purnell Swett falls to 0-9 on the season and 0-2 in the SEC.
“It’s a great way to start off conference play,” Wallace said.
Richmond returns to the diamond 6 p.m. today when it plays host to West Montgomery.
Pinecrest knocks off Richmond in tennis
ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior boys tennis team put itself behind the eight-ball when it lost four singles matches before heading into doubles play.
Pinecrest took advantage and rolled to a 6-3 match victory over Richmond Tuesday afternoon.
“We really had a chance today to defeat Pinecrest,” Richmond coach Paula York said. “We can’t win only two singles matches and put all the pressure on our doubles.”
Richmond’s Andrew Balzer defeated Don Campbell at No. 2, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 8-6 and Logan Deese edged Luke Athens 1-6, 6-4, 10-8 in the sixth singles contest. In doubles, Colt Auman and John Pittman teamed to defeat Zack Smith and Marc Shaefer 8-5 to earn the Raiders’ lone point.
The Raiders will return to the courts 4 p.m. Thursday when rival Scotland comes to town.
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