SOUTHERN PINES — Pinecrest proved why it won the regular season championship with a 10-0 victory over Richmond Senior in the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference tournament Wednesday night.
The Patriots jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead before tacking on five more to end the contest with appromixately four minutes remaining on the clock.
“We had some mistakes in the back,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “We had two fouls in the box. Brittany (Roberts) made the save on both of them, but one of them slipped through her fingers.”
Pinecrest will face second-seeded Lumberton in the championship contest. The Pirates advanced with a 5-0 victory over Scotland.
The Raiders will advance to next week’s 4A state playoffs where they are expected to face the No. 2 team out of the CAP-8. The official bracket is expected to be released later this week.
Raiders, Scots set for championship tilt
Richmond and Scotland will battle at 7 p.m. today in Laurinburg for the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament championship.
The Fighting Scots have swept both contests this season, winning 2-0 in the opener and 1-0 in nine innings in the second game. Curt Britt picked up both victories and had the game-winning hit in the ninth inning.
Regardless of the outcome, Scotland will be the top seed from the SEC when the 4A state playoff brackets are released next week, while Richmond earned the No. 2 seed after defeating Pinecrest Tuesday.
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