Or sometimes two swings. Richmond Senior went into the top of the seventh inning Wednesday night against Pinecrest clinging to a razor thin 4-3 advantage.
Two swings of the bat later, the Raiders were down 5-4 as the Patriots hit back-to-back homers to lead off the seventh and chase Raider starter Ricky Holden.
Despite the shocking turn of events the Raiders still put together a rally in the bottom of the seventh. The Raiders loaded the bases with one out. But a freak play hurt Richmond. With three balls, Raider Corey Wallace tried to take what looked like ball four. The ball hit his bat and entered play; Pinecrest was able to get the force at home, and then a groundout ended the game.
Richmond coach Ricky Young was proud of the fight his team showed in its seventh-inning rally.
“But we didn’t take advantage of our scoring chances,” Young said.
Richmond chased Pinecrest started Dillon Maples in the fourth, rallying for a 4-3 lead. But the Raiders were unable to push any runs across the rest of the way.
Richmond hosts Scotland tonight in the 2010 regular-season finale. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
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