ROCKINGHAM — Thanks to a number of wayward pitches from the Pinecrest mound, the Richmond Rattlers were able to grab a 4-1 victory at home and extend their winning streak to five games.
The Rattlers scored their first run of the night in the bottom of the first inning after four consecutive batters were walked. They would plate another run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fourth — following three straight walks.
When it was all said and done, Pinecrest’s group of pitchers walked a total of 10 batters.
It was rising senior Cam Carraway who took care of the pitching for Richmond (5-2). He pitched a complete game, giving up one earned run on four hits, earning five strikeouts and walking three batters.
Carraway found himself in a two-out jam at the top of the third after he recorded two base on balls and then gave up a single. He was able to escape the mess, however, by forcing a pop fly into right field.
In the fourth, Carraway gave up three hits — one being an RBI double — but earned three of his five strikeouts.
Rising senior Nolan Allen led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and then came home moments later on an error at first base to give the Rattlers a 2-1 lead. After the second bases-loaded walk brought another runner home, rising senior Tyler Bass hit a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring for the home team.
Allen was the only player to finish the night with a hit, racking up two singles in the win.
Richmond won’t be in action again until next Tuesday, July 10, when it travels to Union Pines. That matchup will be the first of a three-game, three-day series between the two teams.
Rising senior Evan Hudson, right, prepares for a pitch during Monday night’s game versus Pinecrest. Hudson helped the Richmond Rattlers secure a 4-1 win, their fifth straight, before a week-long break.
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