ROCKINGHAM — Over the last three years, Richmond Senior has posted records of 9-5-1, 14-1 and 11-4 in its first 15 games.
The biggest difference is where the Raiders were in the Southeastern Conference standings at that point in the season.
Richmond was in first with a 4-0 mark last year. In 2011, Richmond was 3-2 and sitting in third behind Scotland and Pinecrest.
And now Richmond is 5-1 and sitting atop the SEC with both Lumberton and Pinecrest trailing by a half-game heading into tonight’s contest at Purnell Swett.
“We lost some games I think we should have won,” Richmond coach Ricky Young said. “We have a lot of experience, but at some positions we have some inexperienced and I think it showed. I told the team I would rather be peaking at the end of the year.”
Young understands the expectations from outside were going to be high, especially coming off back-to-back appearances in the 4A East Region finals and winning 28 straight games last season. Richmond has lost three games by one run and another by two this year.
If the Raiders win their remaining four conference games, they will capture their second straight SEC title. However, a loss will not only keep Lumberton’s and Pinecrest’s championship hopes alive, but Scotland’s as well.
“I think we have put ourselves in position to win,” Young said. “The younger guys are starting to learn this from the older ones that we are going to get everybody’s best effort when they play us. We can still achieve the goals we set at the beginning of the season: to win the conference; win the conference tournament; and to contend for a state championship.
“I told the team it’s not often in life you can control your destiny, this time we can. ”
Wallace earns ODAC honor
GREENSBORO — Former Richmond Senior baseball standout and current member of the Guilford College Quakers Corey Wallace was named as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s Hitter of the Week Monday.
It is the second time this season Wallace has garnered the honor.
Wallace batted .591 with a home run and 13 runs batted in to lead Guilford to a 5-0 week that extended the team’s winning streak to seven. He recorded at least two hits in four of the five games.
For the year, Wallace is sixth in the conference with a .418 batting average. He leads the ODAC in triples and is second in slugging percentage and RBIs.
Guilford will close out the regular season with two road contests, traveling to Lynchburg College tonight before heading to Randolph-Macon College Saturday.
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