FAYETTEVILLE — It was an all-around effort that carried the Richmond softball team to its fifth straight win on Tuesday, as eight players combined for 11 hits in a conference matchup that was overshadowed by strong gusts of wind.
Juniors Savannah Lampley and Greyson Way and sophomore Kayla Hawkins all finished with two hits apiece to lead the way at the plate. Brianna Baysek, Owen Bowers, Payton Chappell, Taylor Parrish and Paige Ransom each had one hit.
And the Lady Raiders earned 6-1 victory at Jack Britt.
“Our (hitting) was kind of spread out, we didn’t have a particularly big inning, but we got runners on, were able to move people across in several of the innings and got a couple big hits when we needed,” head coach Wendy Wallace said. “All in all we had a good outing as far as being able to hit and battle in the cold.”
Richmond (5-1, 5-0 SAC) scored its first run of the night at the top of the first inning when Baysek brought home Lampley with a base hit. Chappell hit her first home run of the season, a solo shot, in the second inning to give her team a 2-0 lead.
Hawkins and Ransom were responsible for the team’s third and fourth runs, respectively, with RBI singles in the third inning. Freshman Madison Jordan — who came in to base run for Hawkins after she was hit by a pitch — scored after a fly ball was dropped in the fifth inning, and Way hit a RBI single at the top of the sixth for the team’s sixth and final run.
On the mound, Way gave up three hits, struck out four batters and recorded five base on balls. Her most challenging inning was in the bottom of the second, where she gave up two of her three hits and walked a batter with the bases loaded.
The junior pitcher was able to force a groundout on the next at-bat, however, and get the defense out of a jam.
“I won’t say she really struggled with it being cold and the wind, but the umpire was tight and kind of squeezing her a little bit. She adjusted and she pitched through it,” Wallace said of Way. “She didn’t give in.”
The Lady Raiders are back in action a day earlier than originally scheduled when they host Whiteville on Wednesday.
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