Mirror images: Raiders, Trojans share similar attributes ROCKINGHAM — Two of the hottest teams will meet at 6 p.m. today at Raider Field.
One is riding a 26-game winning streak, the other has won its last 22 contests.
Both play solid defense, have strong pitching and get timely hits.
“This is going to be good matchup,” Richmond coach Ricky Young said. “Neither one has that dominant velocity arm. We both have pitchers who want to get ahead of the hitters and make them swing at their pitch. The...
Stinson: Young making the right calls at the right time Having your ace fail to get out of the second inning and in a five-run hole is usually a recipe for disaster.
Statistics show the home team has about a 10 percent chance of pulling out a victory, but that is what Richmond Senior coach Ricky Young and his team were able to accomplish in a 16-6 victory over Hoggard in the third round of the state 4A playoffs.
The majority of the credit for the turnaround goes to the Raiders and their never ...
Game time set for 4th round Game time between Garner and Richmond Senior in the fourth round of the state 4A baseball playoffs is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Raider Field.
The Trojans have won 22 straight games, while the Raiders have captured 26 in a row.
Raiders rally, stay alive ROCKINGHAM — Forget about that pitchers’ duel as the marquee matchup between left-handed starters Nic Bullard and Bryan Sammons never developed.
Instead the game became a battle of survival.
After falling behind by five runs in the first inning, Richmond Senior responded with eight of its own in the fourth en route to posting a 16-6 six-inning victory over Hoggard Friday night at Raider Field.
The win was the 26th straight for Richmond ...
Battle of the lefties: Bullard, Sammons to lock up in pitchers’ duel ROCKINGHAM — The third round contest between Richmond Senior and Hoggard looks like it should be a pitching duel between the Raiders’ Nic Bullard and the Vikings’ Bryan Sammons.
Bullard is 9-0 on the season with a 0.31 ERA. The junior has 84 strikeouts in 68 innings. Sammons has posted similar numbers during his senior year. He is 10-0 with a 0.58 ERA and has 94 punchouts in 60 innings.
“It should be a good game with two good left-handed ...
Two Raiders to play in all-star game GREENSBORO — Two members of the Richmond Senior football team will participate in July’s North Carolina Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star football game.
The contest is set for July 24 at High Point’s Simeon Stadium. The game is usually contested in Greensboro at Jamieson Stadium at the campus of Grimsley High School. Due to a construction project on the stadium, NCCA officials were forced to move the game to a different venue.
SEC announces all-conference tennis picks ROCKINGHAM — The Southeastern Conference tennis coaches recently announced its all-conference selections.
Richmond Senior, which finished tied for second with Lumberton with a 7-3 league mark, placed four players on the team. The Raiders’ top singles player, Colt Auman, was named as the SEC’s Player of the Year. Joining Auman on the squad were Brandon Ingram, Andrew Balzer and John Pittman.
During the conference tournament, Auman and Pitt...
Ellerbe to play for the Flyers ROCKINGHAM — Most of the time when a basketball player realizes they can play on the next level, it comes during a big scoring contest.
Not so for Richmond Senior’s Shydamion Ellerbe. He talks about a defensive effort against the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Year.
“It had to be the home game against Hoke,” Ellerbe said. “There was all of this talk about how Tarique (Thompson) was going to score all these points and dominate. Co...
Safely into the 3rd round; Richmond downs West Johnston, advances to face Hoggard ROCKINGHAM — Runners on second and third with one out.
Normally this would be the right time for Richmond Senior baseball coach Ricky Young to call his favorite play — the squeeze play.
Instead, Young decided to let Taylor McLean to swing away.
The gamble paid off as McLean singled to left, scoring Jacob Sears. Brandon Gibson raced home from second on the play after West Johnston left fielder Adam Morrison bobbled the ball for an error....
Wildcats claw their way past Raiders ROCKINGHAM — Going into its second round matchup, Richmond Senior knew its opponent was a strong-hitting team.
West Johnston proved it.
The Wildcats recorded nine hits en route to posting a 2-1 victory. The loss ends the Raiders’ season at 21-4.
“That was the difference in the game,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “They hit the ball hard. They led off the game with a triple and it seemed like they had a runner in scoring position ev...
Richmond, West Johnston meet for 3rd time ROCKINGHAM — Even though the adage says it is tough to beat a team three times in one season, Richmond Senior is going to have to do it again if it wants to stay alive.
Richmond has three wins against Pinecrest and Scotland this year. If it wants to keep marching towards a state championship, it will have to defeat West Johnston for the third time as well. The teams are set to battle 6 p.m. today at Raider Field.
“It’s a blessing and a cu...
Raiders hope to break 2nd round curse ROCKINGHAM — Now comes the tough part for the Richmond Senior softball team — moving past the second round.
Since 2006, the Raiders are winless in four attempts to reach the third round. Richmond lost to Garner last season, Ashley in 2010, New Bern in 2009 and fell to this year’s opponent, West Johnston, in 2007.
“I’m hoping break that this year,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “It’s not a streak I want to continue. We have been relat...
Richmond blanks Harnett Central in opener ROCKINGHAM — For the third straight season, the Richmond Senior baseball team opened the playoffs by shutting out its opponent.
However, after the game, all coach Ricky Young wanted to talk about was the offense as the Raiders stormed past Harnett Central 9-0 Friday night in a first round 4A state playoff matchup.
“I think we left the bases loaded something like four times tonight,” Young said. “This was the best we have hit the ball all ...
Raiders muscle past Trojans ROCKINGHAM — The week-long layoff did wonders for Richmond’s offense.
The Raiders pounded out 13 hits, including three home runs, to roll past Harnett Central 11-0 in five innings in the opening round of the state 4A playoffs. Richmond advances to face West Johnston, which knocked off Cape Fear 2-1.
“It was good to hit the ball,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “Plus we had a couple of big home runs. We were able to execute and move so...