ROCKINGHAM — Casey Snead struck out five in four innings and added two hits to lead Richmond Senior to a 10-2 victory over Pinecrest in a Southeastern Conference clash Tuesday night.
Snead, who also scored three runs and drove in one, limited the Patriots to two hits and one run to earn the victory. Hunter Parks pitched the final three innings, allowing three hits, a run and struck out three.
Richmond recorded 12 hits in the contest. Jennifer Steen had three hits and a RBI, while Ashton Davenport went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in. Jessica Steen and Summer Jacobs each added two hits in the win.
“The girls hit the ball well,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “We had 11 hits Friday and 12 tonight. We are starting to hit the ball well at the right time of the season.”
The Raiders (14-7, 7-2) will face Scotland at 7 p.m. Thursday to determine the No. 2 seed in next week’s conference tournament. The Fighting Scots defeated Lumberton 3-0, while Purnell Swett wrapped up the top seed after routing Hoke County 11-0.
Auman brothers advance to semifinals
PINEHURST — Richmond Senior’s Alex Auman and Colt Auman, who earned the No. 1 seed in the Southeastern Conference doubles tournament, won their only match Tuesday afternoon to advance to today’s semifinal match.
The Auman brothers downed Pinecrest’s Will Grine and Talmenge Shepard 6-1, 6-0, after receiving a bye in the opening round. The Raiders’ other doubles team, Ryan McInnnis and Juan Olmos, defeated Purnell Swett’s Josh Oxendine and Dylan Brooks 6-4, 6-2 in the first round. McInnis and Olmos fell in the second round to Lumberton’s Connor Haskins and Michael Bailey, the second-seeded doubles team.
Richmond had two representatives in singles — Andrew Balzer and Brandon Ingram. Balzer won his first match over Hoke’s Kyle Lohman 6-1, 6-4, but was eliminated by Pinecrest’s Gray Hamilton 6-0, 6-0 in the second round. Ingram also advanced to the second round after defeating Hoke’s Noah Taggard 6-2, 6-0. Ingram was ousted by Lumberton’s Garrett Thompson 6-2, 6-3.
“This was the first time in a long time, Richmond had all four of its representatives advance to the second round,” Richmond coach Paula York said.
The Auman brothers are scheduled to return to the courts at 10 a.m. today. Their opponents were not known at press time.
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