SHALLOTTE — For the first time all season, Richmond Senior went into its final at-bat trailing its opponent.
With their 20-game winning streak on the line, the Raiders responded to the challenge.
Summer Jacobs lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Mackenzie Barnes with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to send Richmond to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Whiteville in the championship game of the Beach Diamond Invitational Softball Tournament. It was the second straight title for the Raiders in the event.
“It was good to have a close game like this going into the playoffs,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “The girls responded well and went in determined in the ninth we were going to come out on top.”
After falling behind 2-1 in the top of the ninth on an error, Richmond loaded the bases with no outs and with the heart of its lineup coming up. Hunter Parks started the rally with a single to left and Bri McKinnon was sent in to run for Parks. Jennifer Steen followed with a single to send McKinnon to second. Barnes replaced Richmond’s catcher as her courtesy runner. Haleigh Denham dropped an attempted sacrifice bunt toward third, but Whiteville’s Eden Brown was unable to field it cleanly to loaded the bases.
Doodle Jacobs, who had three hits in the game, singled to left to score McKinnon. Ashton Davenport popped out to second for the first out of the inning, setting up Summer Jacobs’ game-winning fly ball.
“I think that was Hunter’s first hit of the tournament,” Wallace said. “Jennifer came up big with her hit and Haleigh did a good job getting the bunt down.”
In addition to recording the game-winning sacrifice fly, Summer Jacobs earned the victory in the circle. She pitched all nine innings, surrendering five hits and striking out five.
Doodle Jacobs, Summer Jacobs, Katie Satterfield and Davenport were named to the all-tournament team. Satterfield had two hits and an RBI in the title tilt.
Earlier in the day, Richmond defeated East Columbus 6-0 to advance to the championship contest.
Doodle Jacobs was 3 of 4 with a double in the win. Kate Satterfield added two hits in three at-bats along with a run batted in. Chelsea Davis, Denham and Steen each added an RBI for the Raiders.
Summer Jacobs picked up the pitching victory, allowing four hits, a walk and striking out six in six innings.
In the other contests in the final day of the tournament, Davie County edged West Brunswick 7-6 in the third place contest and South Columbus slipped past East Columbus 10-9.
Richmond (21-0) will return to Southeastern Conference action 7 p.m. Tuesday will it plays host to Pinecrest. The Raiders have clinched the SEC championship and the top seed in the tournament.
RSHS track teams complete at Pinecrest
SOUTHERN PINES — The Richmond Senior boys and girls track and field teams were in action Wednesday at the Pinecrest Invitional.
The boys team finished second out of nine teams and the girls were fifth. Pine Forest won the boys meet and Hoke claimed the girls title.
Richmond’s girls 4x100 relay team captured first, the 4x400 team placed second and the 4x800 team was third. Daesha Everette took second in both the discus and shot put. Briana David was third in the 100 hurdles.
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