Richmond Rattlers ready to start season, defend CCSSL state title

By: By Leon Hargrove Jr. - Sports Editor

ROCKINGHAM — The 2018 Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League season is finally here and the Richmond Rattlers are on a mission to defend their state championship title.

Last season, the Rattlers went 14-1 in the regular season and then cruised through Bunn, Holly Springs and Rolesville in the playoff tournament to earn bragging rights for the summer. Former players Justin Ingram and Jonathan Lee combined for four of the team’s 12 hits in the title game, while Trey Watkins — another former Rattler — struck out seven batters.

“I really enjoyed this summer because the team chemistry is great,” head coach Ricky Young after last year’s championship victory. “These guys have fun together and they do things the right way, so winning takes care of itself.”

This season, Richmond is without Ingram, Lee and Watkins as well as six other recent graduates who contributed to its run through the 2017 summer league season. The team will also be without rising seniors Cam Carraway and Jake Ransom, who are currently competing on the Region 4 team in the Powerade State Games at UNC-Greensboro, for the first week.

While Carraway and Ransom are absent, Young will more than likely rely on the a number of other contributors from this past school season: Alex Anderson, Tyler Bass, Cy Jones, Hunter Parris, Garet Weigman and Brett Young.

The Rattlers are made up of returning, and prospective, Richmond Senior High School baseball players. There is a senior team, made up of the school’s varsity squad, and the junior team that consists of junior varsity players.

Richmond will play their first game of the season Wednesday, June 13, against Holly Springs — which it beat in last year’s semifinal to advance to the championship game — and will play at Fuquay-Varina on Thursday, June 14.

All games are doubleheaders. The junior teams will play first with the senior games to follow.

All home games will be played at Richmond.

For a full list of the Rattlers’ 2018 Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League schedule, visit www.yourdailyjournal.com/sports.

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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.