ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Rattlers didn’t have the best night at the plate, but Cam Carraway and Tyler Bass’ combined effort from the mound helped them secure a 5-1 victory over Scotland on Wednesday evening.
Carraway pitched the first five innings of play, earning five strikeouts, walking two batters and only giving up one hit — a single at the top of the first. He retired Scotland’s batters in order in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.
Bass came in to relieve Carraway at the top of the sixth and didn’t miss a beat, striking out a batter and forcing back-to-back fly balls — after Scotland’s lead-off batter made it to first base on an error. At the top of the seventh, Bass forced a groundout and then watched as his defense recorded a double play even after making an errant throw to first.
“I didn’t think we swung the bats very well, until we got a couple good hits there in the (sixth) inning to break it open, but we pitched really well,” head coach Ricky Young said of the rising seniors’ performance. “We pitched well and played good defense, so any time you do that you’ve got a chance to win.”
Richmond (3-2) went behind on the scoreboard early, as Scotland plated its lone run in the first inning after a defensive error at third base, but it didn’t stay there for long.
In the bottom of the second, rising senior Jahan Jones came in to base run for Carraway — who led off with a single — and was able to make his way around the bases. Jones would move to second on a single, advance to third on a Bass fly ball into center field and then race home on a wild pitch in order to tie the game at 1-all.
Jones gave the Rattlers the 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the fourth when he, again base running for Carraway, stole third base and then turned the corner to make it home after Scotland’s throw whipped past the third baseman.
“We like to be agressive and he’s really bought in to what we do … He makes things happen for us,” Young said of Jones.
The Rattlers finally cracked open their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to a couple mishaps from Scotland’s mound and infield. Jones took the plate with the bases loaded — his first at-bat of the night — and was hit on the first pitch, which brought in fellow rising senior Jake Ransom from third base.
The next batter in the lineup, rising junior shortstop Dallas Cowick, cracked a two-run double and stretched the lead to four runs before the Rattlers’ time at the plate came to an end.
Richmond will travel to Laurinburg on Thursday for a rematch.
NOTE: Tyler King’s walk-off two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning helped the Richmond Rattlers’ junior team grab an 11-10 comeback victory over Scotland.
The Rattlers entered the sixth trailing by two runs but got an RBI single from Will Chappell — who found a way out of being caught in a run down between second and third base by ducking under the Scotland shortstop.
Richmond scored four runs in the first inning, one in the second and three in the fifth. Scotland exploded for six at the top of the fourth inning and added four more in the fifth.
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