ROCKINGHAM — Using a five-run fourth inning on Wednesday, the junior varsity Richmond Renegade baseball team added another notch in its belt.
Hosting Union Pines and returning to the diamond for the first time since last Thursday, the JV Renegades held on for a 7-5 win.
Holding off a late push by Union Pines, the JV Renegades collected their third straight win.
The team’s streak of scoreless innings pitched, carried over from its past two games, continued but ended at 17.2 innings.
Starting on the mound was Evan Hodges, who threw 3.0 innings of hit-free baseball and added seven strikeouts. He allowed just two base runners and retired batters in order in the second and third frames.
Caden Nolan pitched two innings of relief and allowed a run with three Ks. Sam Thompson and Jabari Douglas both contributed an inning of work and combined to allow four runs and three strikeouts.
The JV Renegades only managed to collect two hits at the plate, but used 14 base on balls to put runners on and numerous passed balls to score.
Hodges and Riley Brown each knocked a single, and Hodges added an RBI.
Richmond took a 2-0 lead in the home half of the second, using an error on a Tyler McKenzie grounder to short and a bases-loaded walk to Conner Phifer.
Nolan (error) and Hodges (single) both scored with no outs.
Union Pines got a run back in the top of the fourth on an RBI groundout, before Richmond answered with its final five runs in the bottom half.
With two outs, Hodges drew a bases-loaded walk and was followed by Brooks Calhoun scoring on a passed ball.
Nolan and Hodges made it 6-1 when they both scored on the same passed ball a couple of pitches later. Douglas capped the inning by racing home on another pitch to the backstop.
Union Pines plated two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, but the comeback came up short.
The JV Renegades (7-2-1) return to action on Thursday with a home game against Southern Lee High School. The JV game will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity team at 7 p.m.