ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond softball team played like a No. 1 seed on Friday.
Senior catcher Owen Bowers smacked a pair of homers, junior infielder Taylor Parrish hit a solo shot, and the Lady Raiders rolled to 12-2 win over No. 17 Independence in the second round of the NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs.
Senior outfielder Bri Baysek and junior ace Greyson Way each brought in a runner with their respective hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game early.
“They were anxious to get back to playing after a week off and they came out ready to hit,” head coach Wendy Wallace said. “Owen had a great night and is seeing the ball well. She fouled off several (during) her first at-bat and won the battle.”
Bowers — who finished with a team-high three hits on 6 RBI — sent her first long ball over the fence, a two-runner, in the bottom of the first inning. Parrish gave Richmond a 4-0 lead in the fourth and Bowers extended it moments later with a three-run shot.
The Lady Raiders (22-3) finished with a total of 12 RBI on 15 hits.
Baysek, Way, junior shortstop Savannah Lampley, sophomore infielder Kayla Hawkins, and freshman infielder Payton Chappell all ended the night with two hits. Both Parrish and sophomore outfielder Madison Jordan each had one hit.
Way pitched all six innings, allowing the two runs on three hits. She would walk four batters and strike out six batters.
Independence (15-9), who upset No. 16 Hough 12-1 in the first round on Tuesday, scored both of its runs on sophomore shortstop Kingsley Reardon’s 2-RBI double at the top of the fifth inning — which ultimately ruined the home team’s chance at grabbing a win in just five innings. Juniors Anna Easter and Brianna Grant finished with one hit apiece.
Richmond will face the winner of No. 8 Lake Norman-No. 9 Butler in the third round on Tuesday.
“Playing solid defense and scoring early,” Wallace said of the team’s focus going forward.
Baseball season comes to an end
KERNERSVILLE — The Richmond baseball team held a one-run lead midway through the fifth inning but gave up four runs in the last inning and a half, and fell 5-2 to No. 2 East Forsyth in the second round of the NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs.
Friday’s game was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., but a lightning delay pushed the start time back to 8:15 p.m.
Once both teams were able to take the field, the No. 15 Raiders struck first.
At the top of the third inning, junior Alex Anderson brought home junior Cam Carraway — who led off with a triple — with a bunt single to give the Raiders an early 1-0 lead. Sophomore Jahan Jones came in to base run for senior Gordon Pihl, after he hit a two-out single, and took advantage of a couple of passed balls to put them ahead 2-0.
East Forsyth’s Hunter Hutchens put the home team on the board with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth, starting the Eagles’ five-run spark that helped them advance to the next round.
Richmond (18-8), who took down No. 18 Davie County on Tuesday, says goodbye to it
s eight seniors that helped the team enjoy an 11-game win streak that lasted 27 days.
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