Lady Raiders show no mercy on Lumberton

By: By Leon Hargrove Jr. - Sports Editor

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond softball team got an almost no-hitter out of junior ace Greyson Way and more than enough production from its bats in a dominant 13-0 victory over Hoke County in five innings on Tuesday.

Way cruised through the first four innings — retiring each batter she faced in the first, second and third — before giving up her only hit of the night at the top of the fifth inning. She tallied six strikeouts and one base on ball in the win.

Freshman infielder Payton Chappell finished the conference match with a game-high three hits and three RBI. She blasted a two-run single in the first inning and helped add to the lead with an RBI double in the second.

Way also had a double and three RBI.

“The girls made adjustments at the plate and hit the ball well tonight … and Greyson had a good night on the mound,” head coach Wendy Wallace said.

Richmond (12-3, 9-0 SAC) scored nine of its 13 runs at the bottom of the first inning, where sophomore Kayla Hawkins sent a two-run shot over the wall to help the home team to an early four-run lead. Hawkins ended the night with two hits — as did Way and senior outfielder Brianna Baysek.

Baysek, Hawkins and junior shortstop Savannah Lampley had two RBI. Lampley, junior Taylor Parrish, sophomore Madison Jordan and freshman Paige Ransom tallied one hit each.

The Lady Raiders will look to complete the regular-season sweep of Lumberton on Friday.

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By Leon Hargrove Jr.

Sports Editor

Reach sports editor Leon Hargrove Jr. by phone at 910-817-2673 or by email at [email protected] For stories, scores and updates, follow the Daily Journal’s sports section on Twitter @RCDailySports.

Reach sports editor Leon Hargrove Jr. by phone at 910-817-2673 or by email at [email protected] For stories, scores and updates, follow the Daily Journal’s sports section on Twitter @RCDailySports.