ROCKINGHAM — In its season opener, the Richmond Senior softball team slipped past Anson 3-2.
Then two days later it took care of business against Jack Britt in eight innings. The following day, Richmond stopped Eastern Randolph 5-3.
In the eyes of Lou Brown, the manager of the Cleveland Indians in the movie “Major League,” that would be classified as “a winning streak.”
The Raiders didn’t stop at winning three games.
Nor did they stop at 10.
Or even 20.
The streak stretched to 28 before coming to an end against Cape Fear in the fourth round of the state 4A playoffs. Included in those 28 wins was a second consecutive 10-0 record in Southeastern Conference play as well as winning the Beach Diamond Invitational Softball Tournament in Shallotte.
Richmond recorded 10 shutouts during the season and outscored the opposition 209-47.
The Raiders extended their SEC win streak to 23 games. The team’s last defeat in conference action came on April 17, 2012 at Purnell Swett.
In the Beach Diamond championship game against Whiteville, Richmond trailed for the first all season heading into its final at-bat. Summer Jacobs’ sacrifice fly scored Mackenzie Barnes with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Richmond rallied for a 3-2 victory over Whiteville.
Richmond rolled to victories over Clayton, Jack Britt and Ashley in the postseason before the matchup with Cape Fear. The Colts, like the Raiders, entered the contest undefeated.
The game lived up to the hype.
After eight scoreless innings, Richmond scratched the scoring column when pinch runner Haleigh Denham raced home on a wild pitch. In the bottom half of the frame, Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said the “softball gods” aided Cape Fear pull out the win with two runs.
The Colts used a bad-hop single to short and a bloop hit during their game-winning rally.
“It was unlucky,” Richmond shortstop Ashton Davenport said. “Bad hops happened. You can’t read the field.”
Editor’s note - This is the fourth of a five-part series looking at last year’s top sports stories from Richmond Senior.
Reach sports editor Shawn Stinson at 910-817-2671 or on Twitter @scgolfer.