FAYETTEVILLE — Jack Britt exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning to cruise to an 8-1 victory over Richmond Senior Monday night in the final tuneup before the postseason.
Richmond starter Hunter Parks took the loss despite only allowing one earned run in four innings. The Buccaneers took advantage of two Raider errors in the second to score seven unearned runs. Summer Jacobs made her first appearance on the mound this season and pitched two scoreless innings.
“It was good to get Hunter out there again and we got Summer some innings as well,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “Hopefully, we got all the errors out of us before Thursday. Our defense has kept us in games all year, but the past two games we have struggled. Hopefully, we will regroup Tuesday and Wednesday and bring our defensive game and come out of our funk.”
DJ Previtte had two hits to lead the Raiders (15-9), while Chelsea Davis, Jennifer Steen and Jacobs each had a hit in the loss.
Richmond will play host to Cape Fear at 6 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the playoffs.
Two Raiders to continue football career
ROCKINGHAM — Two members of Richmond’s defensive unit will play football in college next season.
Linebacker Chris Diggs received an academic scholarship to attend Fayetteville State University and will walk on with the Broncos. Fayetteville State finished with a 4-6 overall record and were 4-3 in the CIAA.
Defensive back Nijamel Goodwin is slated to attend Butte College in Oroville, Calif. It is the same junior college Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers attended before transferring to the University of California. The Roadrunners were 10-1 last year and defeated Modesto JC in the Graffiti Bowl.
Golfers end season at regional
CLAYTON — Richmond Senior golfers John Dunlap and Tyler Kirk advanced to Monday’s 4A East Regional at River Ridge Golf Course in Clayton.
Neither player was able to qualify for next week’s state tournament at Pinehurst No. 8. Dunlap fired an 80, while Kirk shot an 83.
“It was a really nice, tough, hilly course,” Richmond coach Ray Entwistle said. “I wanted to thank my seniors Curt Kindley, Will Webb and John Dunlap. They were a great group of guys, good to work with and I am going to miss them next year.”
Playoff schedule changes
ROCKINGHAM — After hoping to get their playoff contest in a day early this week, the Richmond Senior girls soccer team will open the 4A state playoffs at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Millbrook.
The Raiders (8-12-2) are the fourth seed out of the Southeastern Conference, while the Wildcats (18-2) are the No. 2 team from the CAP-8.
The Richmond baseball team was looking to move its opening round game with Jack Britt to Thursday to avoid a conflict with the Relay for Life event at Raider Stadium on Friday. However, the Buccaneers were unable to accommodate the request.
So Richmond (20-6) and Jack Britt (12-14) will hit the diamond at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of the playoffs.
The opening-round softball game between Cape Fear (17-6) and Richmond (15-9) is still set for 6 p.m. Thursday.
Aumans take second in region
FAYETTEVILLE — The doubles team of Alex and Colt Auman finished second in the 4A East Regionals Saturday afternoon at Mazarick Park.
The Auman brothers were defeated in the championship match by Hoggard’s Noah Milliken and Matt Johnson 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). The pair advanced to the finals by default when the team of Jordan Frazier and Stephen Gay from J.H. Rose were unable to compete.
The team advances to the state finals Friday at Millbrook Exchange Park in Raleigh. The Aumans will face Patrick Longest and Andrew Waddell from Broughton in the first round.
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