ROCKINGHAM — Junior pitcher Trey Watkins did “exactly what he needed to do” on the mound, but the Richmond baseball team still struggled at the plate in a 1-0 loss to Pinecrest on Tuesday.
Watkins finished with 11 strikeouts and just two hits in a pitching duel with Patriot senior Nik Pry, a UNC commit who only gave up three hits.
“We knew going into the game that it was going to be low scoring,” Young said. “Both teams only had one chance to score. They took advantage of theirs and we didn’t. That was really the difference in the game.”
Richmond (4-2, 2-1 SAC) has now dropped two straight games after opening the season with four consecutive wins. It beat Anson, Terry Sanford and then swept conference Purnell Swett in two close games last week. This past Saturday, the Raiders made a push in the sixth inning, after falling behind early, but ultimately fell 10-7 to Charlotte Christian.
Pinecrest (6-0, 3-0 SAC) has yet to lose this season, not allowing a run in any of its last four games. The Patriots took down non-conference opponents Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and Pine Forest and then shut out conference foe Seventy-First twice — both times by a score of 12-0 — late last week.
The Raiders and the Patriots will have their rematch Friday at Pinecrest.
“We’ve just got to do a better job at the plate,” Young said. “We’ve got to have better at-bats, be mentally tougher in the box and give ourselves a chance to score.”
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