By Shawn Stinson
March 20, 2014
CHESTERFIELD, S.C. — It may have taken two extra days, but the Richmond Senior baseball team got a little revenge and snapped its two-game losing streak.
Richmond and Chesterfield (S.C.) were scheduled to complete their season series Tuesday evening, but rained forced the contest to be postponed to Wednesday. Wet field conditions prompted the game to be pushed back until Thursday.
In the teams’ first matchup, the Rams pulled out a 6-5 victory, but the Raiders got some payback this time around.
Bradley Brown and Joseph Griffith each had three hits to lead Richmond to a 9-3 victory. Griffith had three runs batted in and Brown added two.
Cody Leviner pitched a complete game to earn the victory on the mound. Leviner allowed six hits, one earned run and struck out four.
The Rams jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning before the Raiders (4-2-1) took control of the contest. Griffith tied a game with a run-scoring single and John Taylor lifted a sacrifice fly to give Richmond the lead for good in the second.
“I thought Cody pitched well tonight,” Richmond coach Ricky Young said. “We still need to improve defensively. We really need to be focused tomorrow night so that we can get off to a good start i the conference.”
James Buie added two RBIs in the win. Taylor McLean and Brandon Gibson each drove in one.
Richmond will begin Southeastern Conference play 7 p.m. today against Hoke in Raeford.
Richmond extends streak to 8
MT. GILEAD — Hunter Parks’ arm and bat helped the Richmond Senior softball team stretch its season-opening winning streak to eight.
Parks had four hits — including a three-run home run — drove in five and allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings in relief to lift Richmond to a 20-9 victory over West Montgomery.
The Raiders (8-0) pounded out 20 hits in the contest. Doodle Jacobs had three hits and two runs batted in. Ashton Davenport, Chelsea Davis, Katie Satterfield, Jennifer Steen and Jessica Steen all recorded two hits in the victory. Jennifer Steen and Davenport also had three RBIs.
“We faced a pitcher that threw harder than anyone we have seen,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “We hit the ball really well up and down the lineup. We also took advantage of their miscues. Hunter stepped up and pitched really well.”
Richmond will open its Southeastern Conference schedule 7 p.m. today against Hoke in Raeford.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.