RAEFORD — There’s no such thing as too many bats in a softball game.
The Richmond Senior softball team recorded nine hits and saw Greyson Way record two three-run homers in its 10-6 victory at Hoke County on Tuesday. Way also finished the team’s first conference game with six runs batted in.
A performance that gave the word “bat” a better meaning than that of the flying mammals that were spotted inside the school Monday morning.
“She’s just a great hitter in any count. She’s seing and hitting the ball really well right now,” coach Wendy Wallace said of Way.
The sophomore hit the first of her two home runs in the opening inning, giving the Lady Raiders an early 3-0 lead. Brianna Baysek gave Richmond a four-run lead in the top of the third, but Hoke answered with two runs to cut into its deficit.
A 2-RBI single from Owen Bowers in the next inning, in addition to Way’s second homer which brought in three runs, put the Lady Raiders ahead 9-2. Kayla Hawkins’ RBI single would be the final run scored by Richmond.
“It helped that we were able to get on the board early,” Wallace added. “And when they put runs on the board, we were able to respond and score runs of our own. So, I thought that was really good.”
Although school is closed Wednesday — due to the small bat infestation — and there’s a scheduled workday Thursday, Richmond (8-1, 1-0 SEC) will continue to practice on a normal schedule in preparation for its rematch against Hoke on Friday.
Baseball comes from behind on the road
RAEFORD — Heading into the final inning of Tuesday’s conference matchup at Hoke County, the Richmond Senior baseball team looked to be on the path to its third straight loss.
Richmond was able to score on a bad pitch and an RBI single in the sixth inning, but still trailed by three runs when it stepped to the plate in the seventh inning.
“You’ve got to continue to believe and try to fight for every out,” coach Ricky Young said. “They hung in there, we had a chance at the end and we were able to get some big hits. I’m proud of the guys.”
Justin Ingram and Jonathan Lee both recorded 2-RBI doubles in order to give the Raiders a one-run lead in the seventh. They wouldn’t give up any more runs in the bottom of the inning and escape with a 8-7 victory over Hoke.
Trey Watkins started on the mound, Josh Griffith came in to “stop the bleeding” and Jack Webb ended with the save.
“It’s important we win the first conference game. This is really the part of the season we’re focused on, as we’re trying to win the conference,” Young said. “Just try to take it one at a time and try to get better every day.”
Richmond (7-4, 1-0 SEC) plays at Hartsville on Wednesday.
Boys tennis unable to down Patriots
ROCKINGHAM — A day after defeating Purnell Swett on the road, the Richmond Senior boys tennis team lost a close one to Pinecrest. The Raiders got four wins in singles but were unable to grab a victory in the doubles — and they fell 5-4 at home Tuesday afternoon.
Austin Harrington (7-5, 6-4), Miles Harrington (6-1, 6-1), Prashil Thakar (6-4, 6-0) and Kris Spivey (6-3, 6-4) all won their singles matches. Josh McGee (0-6, 0-6) and Justin Todd (0-6, 0-6) couldn’t get past Pinecrest’s Aidan Temple and Will Bode in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.
Spivey and Mason Bailey fell 7-9 to Ben Montalbo and Kyle Osterman in the No. 3 doubles — the smallest margin of defeat for the Raiders in the doubles.
Richmond (4-3, 2-2 SEC) is back in action Thursday when it travels to Scotland.
Wildcats split games against Rohanen, Carver
ELLERBE — The Ellerbe Middle School baseball and softball teams earned victories last Friday, but were unable to do the same Monday afternoon.
The Lady Wildcats grabbed a 38-21 decision over Rohanen last week in order to pick up its first win of the season. They would only score one run, however, against Carver in a 26-1 defeat earlier this week.
The baseball team dominated Rohanen 14-2, as Kaleb Autry finished with two hits and Tyler King recorded a 3-RBI triple. Ellerbe would fall 14-4 against Carver on Monday.
Both teams are 1-2 on the season.
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Richmond Senior’s Prashil Thakar prepares to swing at the ball during his No. 5 singles match against Pinecrest’s Ben Montalbo on Tuesday.
The Richmond Senior softball team recorded nine hits in a 10-6 win at Hoke County on Tuesday evening. Sophomore Greyson Way, pictured above, had six RBI and hit two three-run homers in the victory.