ROCKINGHAM — It took a while for Richmond Senior to get its bats going against Hoke’s Jordan Virgil.
Then those bats caught fire.
Richmond scored all of its runs in its final three-bats to knock off Hoke 8-3 Friday night at Raider Field.
Virgil had a perfect game through four and a no-hitter through five before the Raiders got going offensively.
“Their pitcher pitched a great game,” Richmond coach Ricky Young said. “Our guys responded and were able to put some runs on the board late. We got some key hits and got some help with a few errors.”
Cody Leviner picked up the pitching victory for the Raiders (9-5-1 overall, 5-1 in the SEC). Leviner allowed an unearned run in the fourth and two earned runs in the sixth.
“It was a win we had to have,” Young said. “Hoke always plays us tough at home.”
Richmond will return to action 7 p.m. Friday when it travels to Pembroke to face Purnell Swett.
Raiders snap skid
HOPE MILLS — Cassie McFayden recorded the game’s only goal to lead Richmond Senior to a 1-0 victory over South View Friday night.
The win snapped Richmond’s six-game losing streak.
“We played a very good first half,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “We lost some focus in the second half, but it didn’t hurt us.”
McFayden’s goal came midway through the first half. Meredith McLean and Tatyona Gould split time in goal for the Raiders (3-9-1) to record the shutout.
In the junior varsity game, Richmond downed South View 8-1 to win its fourth straight. Hailey Bass scored three goals and Kallie Hammond netted two of her own. Marilyn Gomez, Cameron Hudson and Katey Taylor each had one goal in the win for the Raiders (4-3-1).
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