ROCKINGHAM — For the second straight day, the Richmond Senior boys tennis team will have to wait to play its opening round match in the 4A state dual playoffs.
The threat of thunderstorms in the Chapel Hill area Wednesday afternoon forced officials to postpone the matchup between Richmond and East Chapel Hill to 4 p.m. Thursday. The teams were scheduled to square off Tuesday but the storm system that caused millions of dollars of damage in the south caused the first delay.
Both teams will attempt to get the match in before this weekend’s individual regional competitions. Richmond will send Colt Auman and the doubles team of Andrew Balzer and Brandon Ingram to Wilmington for the East Region. East Chapel Hill, on the other hand, will send two singles players — Max Smith and Robert Bond — as well as two doubles teams — Josh George-Ondrej Drobney and Connor Lutz-Jack Devonport — to the Midwest Region in Greensboro.
The second round of the dual playoffs is scheduled to begin May 6. The winner of the Richmond-East Chapel Hill match will face the victor of Wakefield-South Central contest.
Games still on as scheduled
Despite the tennis team being put on hold, Richmond athletic director/baseball coach Ricky Young said Wednesday today’s home events should go off as planned.
The baseball team will have a chance to claim at least a share of the Southeastern Conference championship with a victory over Scotland at Raider Field.
On the softball field, Richmond will look to not only finish undefeated in the SEC for the second straight season, but also unbeaten for the year when Scotland visits. The Raiders are 22-0 and haven’t lost since the second round of last year’s 4A state playoffs. The team’s last conference loss was April 17, 2012 at Purnell Swett. Its last home SEC loss was also that season as the Rams shut out the Raiders 1-0 on March 20.
Richmond’s soccer team will close out its regular season also against Scotland. Both teams will square off Monday in the first round of next week’s SEC tournament. The Raiders are the fifth seed, while the Scots earned the fourth seed.
The conference’s track and field meet that was postponed Tuesday because of the storm system will begin 4 p.m. today. The event was scheduled for Pinecrest, but because of the delay, was moved to UNC Pembroke.
Richmond sends 3 to golf regional
Richmond golf coach Jason Warren said three members of his team will compete in Monday’s East Regional at Gates Four Golf and Country Club in Fayetteville.
Representing Richmond will be: Matt Howard, who has an 85.2 scoring average this season for the Raiders; Drew Norton and Logan Parris, both have an 86.6 average.
Warren added Richmond just missed being the third team from the Southeastern Conference to qualify for the regional event, instead Purnell Swett slid into that spot. Pinecrest and Scotland were the top two squads from the SEC this season.
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