LUMBERTON — Richmond Senior’s baseball team advanced to the title game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Tuesday night with a 10-2 win over Lumberton.
The Raiders (16-9) set the tone for the contest with a four-run first, which included a two-run double by Corey Wallace.
“We did a really good job of making (Lumberton starter) Thomas Williams throw a lot of pitches,” Richmond coach Ricky Young said.
“That big first inning really helped settle us at the plate.”
Ryan Jenkins went the distance on the mound for Richmond, striking out eight while walking just two.
“Ryan has been solid all year for us,” Young said.
“We feel comfortable sending him out there in any situation.”
Chandler Conner was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Wallace ended up 2-for-4 with the double and three RBIs.
Josh Hilton was also 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
After the big first inning, Richmond added two runs each in the fourth, sixth and seventh frames.
The Raiders, seeded No. 3 in the tournament, will face the winner of Tuesday night’s other semifinal contest between Pinecrest and Scotland.
The Patriots are seeded No. 1 in the conference tournament.
“We’d love another chance at Pinecrest,” Young said.
Pinecrest has defeated the Raiders twice this season: a 15-0 run-rule victory the first time out and a 5-4 heartbreaker last week at Richmond.