ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior softball coach Wendy Wallace likes to say hitting is contagious. If that is the case, then someone needs to put the Raiders in isolation.
Richmond hammered out 28 hits and scored 20 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Marlboro Academy Monday afternoon. The Raiders blanked the Dragons 15-0 in the first game and claimed a 5-1 victory in the nightcap.
“We took Thursday and Friday off because of the weather,” Wallace said. “I thought we hit the ball as well as we have all season on Wednesday (against Southwestern Randolph). We came out Saturday and hit to prepare for a different kind of pitcher. I guess we like the warm weather.”
Chelsea Davis went 3 of 4 in the two games with a home run and three runs batted in for Richmond. Ashton Davenport was 4-for-7 and drove in one. Katie Satterfield added a triple and three RBIs in sweep.
“Last year I had an ankle sprain and I need to show what I got,” Davis said. “I just come out here and play softball.”
Davis added she is happy to be hitting sixth in the lineup because it gives her a chance to see what the opposing pitcher is throwing and receive some insight from her teammates.
“It lets me see what they do,” Davis said. “I ask others what she throws and other things I need to know.”
Richmond was the visiting team in the opening game and quickly took a 3-0 lead on Satterfield’s two-run single and an RBI-single by Jessica Steen.
Davis, Satterfield and Steen played a big role in the Raiders’ six-run second inning. Steen ripped an RBI-double with one out and Satterfield followed with a run-scoring triple. Davis cleared the bases with a two-run shot over the left-field fence to cap the scoring in the frame.
The Raiders added a single run in the third and five more in the fifth.
Summer Jacobs earned the win, allowing one hit over three innings. Doodle Jacobs pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits.
There wasn’t as much offense for Richmond in the nightcap as Wallace started a good number of her reserves in the contest. Kim Covington, Taylor Davis and Jordan Richardson each had a hit in the win. Davis and Richardson each added an RBI.
“It was good to get everyone in, especially in the second game,” Wallace said. “And they contributed.”
Hunter Parks picked the victory in the circle for the Raiders. Parks went four innings, gave up two hits and struck out five. Davis pitched an inning, surrendering a hit, a walk, a run and notched a strikeout.
Richmond (6-0) will return to action 4 p.m. Wednesday at home against Jack Britt. The Raiders defeated the Buccaneers 8-4 in eight innings in the teams’ first meeting this season.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.