ROCKINGHAM — Northwest Guilford pitcher Colson Everett understands he doesn’t have a fastball to overpower batters, so he tries to hit his spots.
Against Richmond Senior Friday night, Everett was on top of his game.
Everett surrendered four hits in six innings and struck out seven as Northwest Guilford handed Richmond its second straight loss, 9-1.
“I use my stuff and I have confidence in it,” Everett said. “My catcher (Zach Shoemaker) has confidence in me too. He tells me where he wants it and I try to hit it.”
Everett didn’t only shine on the mound, but he recorded two hits and knocked in two at the plate.
“I really saw the ball well tonight. I was able to pick up the pitches,” he said. “My teammates did a good job hitting too. We fouled off a lot of two-strike pitches and picked up two-out hits.”
Marcus Shoemaker went 2 of 4 with a double and three RBIs. Zach Shoemaker and Christian Dix each drove in a run for the Vikings (3-0). Jesse Juday pitched a scoreless seventh and had two strikeouts.
Richmond pitcher Nic Bullard was saddled with the loss. Bullard allowed six hits, six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Despite the defeat, Richmond coach Ricky Young was pleased with the way his senior left-hander threw against Northwest Guilford.
“Nic was solid,” Young said. “If we make a couple of plays behind him, it’s a closer game.”
Young added he knew it was going to be a good matchup with the Vikings and was happy to add them to the schedule.
“They were definitely the better team tonight,” Young said. “We saw two really good pitchers tonight. They’re a good team…that’s why we scheduled them. We haven’t bought into the formula that’s worked here the last few years yet.”
Northwest Guilford broke a scoreless tie with a single run in the fourth. Zach Shoemaker walked to open the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Everett. Christian Dix singled to right to push across the game’s first run.
Richmond responded in its half of the inning. Cody Leviner drew a walk and moved to third on Bradley Brown’s single to right. After a groundout moved courtesy runner Anthony Billingsley to second, Ethan Baucom lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Leviner and accounted for the Raiders’ only run of the game.
The Vikings put the game out of reach with three runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth.
Richmond will return to action 6 p.m. Tuesday when it travels to Chesterfield. The Rams won the first meeting with the Raiders 6-5.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.