ROCKINGHAM — If the first two batters were going to be any indication of how Richmond Senior pitcher Cody Leviner’s night was going to be — it was looking like a struggle.
Leviner fell behind both hitters before battling back to strike Nick Rogers and Colt Springs out.
“It wasn’t that I was trying to find it, I was adjusting to the mound,” Leviner said. “And overthrowing.”
Leviner got everything worked out as he hurled his first varsity no-hitter as Richmond cruised to 10-0 victory over Marlboro County in five innings Monday night. Leviner walked one and struck out eight.
“Cody really has some movement with his pitches,” Richmond coach Ricky Young said. “He has some mechanical keys he has to hit. I’m proud of him…he did a good job.”
Leviner, who was 7-0 last season as a sophomore, added he is trying to improve his mental approach on the mound.
“Most of the time when I’m struggling it is my attitude,” Leviner said. “I am working on it. I just need to do what the coach tells me to do.”
The Bulldogs managed to hit just two balls out of the infield against Leviner. The first was a foul fly ball down the right-field line that Matt Pettit caught in the top of the first.
The second was a soft line drive to left, hit directly at Taylor McLean, which ended the only scoring threat by Marlboro County. After striking out Rogers for the second time to open the fourth, Springs reached on an error by Cody Mullen. A wild pitch sent Springs to second before Leviner struck out Kaleb Williams. After walking Chris Stubbs, Leviner coaxed Hunter Barfield to end the inning.
Leviner ended the no-hitter in style by striking out the side in the fifth.
Not that Leviner needed much offensive assistance, but Richmond scored at least 10 runs for the second straight game and only needed seven hits to do it. The Raiders took advantage of three Bulldog errors, five walks and six wild pitches.
Young was pleased with his team’s patience at the plate against Connor Pate, who signed with Coastal Carolina.
“I think we are ahead of where we have been in years past offensively,” Young said. “When we have quality at-bats like we did tonight, I believe we are going to put up some runs. We did a good job of that tonight getting quality at-bats against a good pitcher.”
Richmond (3-0-1) will return to action 5 p.m. Wednesday against Chesterfield (S.C.) at Raider Field.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.