ROCKINGHAM — Although Jack Britt finished with two more hits than Richmond Senior in Thursday’s non-conference rematch, the Lady Raider softball team was able to take down the Lady Bucs for the second time in less than a week.
Greyson Way — who recorded a two-run home run the team’s first meeting — hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. Richmond would not score or give up any runs in the final six innings, grabbing a 3-0 win at home.
Mackenzie Ward stayed on the mound all game for the Lady Raiders, allowing six hits and walking one batter. Jack Britt’s Jessica McCray also pitched a complete game, giving up four hits and walking five batters. They both finished with six strikeouts.
NaLee Jacobs hit a double following Way’s three-run homer and Peyton Fann got on base by the way of a walk, but Kayla Hawkins’ at-bat ended the first inning thanks to a double play at third and first base.
Jack Britt had two on base, at second and third, in the top of the fourth inning but couldn’t take advantage of it, as Catie McGrath’s groundout got Richmond’s defense off the field.
Richmond (4-1) will complete its three-game week when it travels to West Montgomery tonight.
Girls soccer comes alive in 2nd half
HIGH POINT — Bennie Howard said the way his team played in the first half of its match at High Point Central was a reflection on how it practiced Wednesday and how it warmed up prior to Thursday’s game.
The Richmond Senior girls soccer team “came out flat” in the opening half and had to battle back from a 2-0 deficit after the break. Once the Lady Raiders began moving the ball around in the second half, things began to work in their favor.
“We cannot continue to play only 40 minutes of an 80-minute game,” Howard said.
Avy Lucero scored Richmond’s first goal in the 50th minute after being fouled in the box. Cassie McFayden scored the team’s second goal shortly after and then tacked on another one with about 13 minutes to go in the game.
And the Lady Raiders held on for the close 3-2 victory on the road.
“My hat goes off to Tatyana Gould, who probably haad a good 10 saves that kept us in the game,” Howard said. “Hopefully we learned something from this one. We’ll find out next game.”
Richmond (3-0-2) travels to Marlboro County on Monday.
Boys tennis bounces back with win
ROCKINGHAM — Following a shutout loss to Union Pines at home Wednesday, the Richmond Senior boys tennis team defended its home courts against Hoke County.
Richmond won five of six singles and earned a win in the doubles in order to grab a 6-3 victory over a conference opponent.
Miles Harrington (6-1, 6-0) and Kris Spivey (6-1, 6-1) led the Raiders’ winning effort in the No. 4 and the No. 6 singles, respectively. Justin Todd won by a score of 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles.
The lone doubles win came at the No. 1 spot, as Austin and Miles Harrington took down their opponents 8-6. Both combinations of Mayson Bailey and Josh Brewer (No. 2 doubles) and Jose Javirillo and Jimmy Cooley (No. 3 doubles) lost by slim margins to their respective opponents.
Richmond (4-1) is back in action Tuesday when they make the trip to Purnell Swett.
Baseball holds on, remains undefeated
MT. GILEAD — The Richmond Senior baseball team’s game at West Montgomery on Thursday ended the same way its game at Marlboro County did earlier this week — three up, three down.
Senior pitcher Jack Webb took the mound and closed the game for Richmond, giving them a 4-2 victory over West Montgomery.
Justin Ingram’s RBI single in the top of the third inning got the Raiders on the board first. The Warriors were able to tie things up 1-1, but Jayvon Boyer’s score on a wild pitch and Drew Loving’s RBI single in the fourth inning put Richmond ahead by two runs.
Braxton Furstein recorded a lead-off double in the sixth inning and was eventually brought home thanks to Ingram and Chase Haywood. West Montgomery added one more run in the bottom of the sixth but didn’t find any success in the final inning.
Richmond (5-0) puts its unbeaten record on the line at home against Northwest Guilford tonight at 7 p.m.
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Richmond Senior first baseman Greyson Way waits for a pitch from Jack Britt’s Jessica McCray at the bottom of the third inning of Thursday’s non-conference game. Way’s three-run homer in the first inning helped the Lady Raiders secure a win over the Lady Bucs for the second time in less than seven days.