By Shawn Stinson
March 1, 2014
RAMSEUR — Coming off its victory over Jack Britt the day before, the Richmond Senior softball team had a bit of a letdown Saturday afternoon.
Richmond’s offense struggled against Eastern Randolph pitcher Mikaela Green in the beginning of the game before coming to life and scoring all of its runs in the final three innings in a 5-3 victory.
“It took us a while to adjust,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “It took us until the top of the third to get our first hit. Then we had seven in the final three innings. We made the adjustments at the plate we needed to and we played good defense.”
The Wildcats scored single runs in the third and fourth to take the lead before the Raiders tied the contest at 2-all in the top of the fifth.
Richmond (3-0) grabbed the lead for good an inning later as Chelsea Davis singled home courtesy runner Bre McKinnon with two outs.
The Raiders tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh. Jennifer Steen singled to start the rally. Haleigh Denham followed with an infield single to move courtesy runner Taylor Davis to second. Doodle Jacobs hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing Davis at third. Ashton Davenport grounded out to shortstop, but both runners advanced on the play. Summer Jacobs ripped a double to left-center to score Denham and Doodle Jacobs.
“I can tell we are more experienced because we fought and clawed our way back,” Wallace said.
Eastern Randolph (0-2) attempted to rally in the bottom of seventh. After a ground out, Kella Goins and Shi-cara Goins reached on infield singles and an error by Katie Satterfield loaded the bases. Savanna Hollingsworth lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Kella Goins to trim the deficit to 5-3. Summer Jacobs escaped any further damage of coaxing Green to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Davis, Denham and Steen all finished the game with two hits. Doodle Jacobs and Summer Jacobs each added two runs batted in for the Raiders.
Richmond was scheduled to return to action today against Jack Britt, but the latest storm system to hit the area postponed the contest to March 12. Richmond’s next game is now slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Asheboro against Southwestern Randolph.
Storm forces postponements
ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior was forced to postpone its boys tennis season opener as well as canceled its boys golf scrimmage because of the storm which hit the area Monday.
The tennis team was slated to square off with South View in Hope Mills. Richmond athletic director Ricky Young said the coaches will discuss a new date for the match when the Tigers visit Rockingham next week. The squad is scheduled to battle Hoke 4 p.m. today in Raeford.
The golf team will open its conference schedule 2 p.m. Monday at Bayonet at Puppy Creek in Raeford.
Young added the baseball team’s road contest against West Montgomery 5 p.m. today is still on as planned.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.