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Offensive struggles lead to second straight loss for JV Renegades

ROSports File Photo: Rising freshman Garret Mabe recorded Richmond's lone hit in Wednesday's loss to Pinecrest.
Deon Cranford - The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — Another slow night at the plate cost the junior varsity Richmond Renegade baseball team its second game in as many days.

Hosting Pinecrest to close the two-game series on Wednesday, the JV Renegades failed to score a run and lost 8-0 in six innings.

Head coach Corey Wallace explained that many of the issues that caused Richmond to lose on Tuesday were factors again on Wednesday — mainly not taking good swings, looking for walks and not reading game situations correctly.

A bright spot for the JV Renegades was rising freshman Garret Mabe, who registered Richmond’s lone hit in the game. He sent a pop fly single over the first baseman’s head in the bottom of the third.

In Tuesday’s 11-1 loss, Richmond did not have a hit.

Pinecrest held a 1-0 lead after four innings, and broke the game open with seven runs in the top of the fifth.

Jason Walker started on the mound and threw four innings for Richmond, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and striking out two batters.

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Caden Nolan replaced Walker in the fifth inning, but surrendered four runs (three earned) on two hits in a third of an inning. 

Riley Brown tossed the final 1.2 innings for the JV Renegades, keeping Pinecrest scoreless and allowing just one hit. Brown struck out two batters.

Richmond’s Davis Faw reached base safely by drawing two bases on balls, Brown also drew a walk and Walker reached on an error. The only other base runner in the game was Evan Hodges, who reached on a fielder’s choice in the third.

Now 5-3 on the season in Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League play, the JV Renegades will return to action next week for a three-game series against Southern Lee.

Tuesday’s game at Southern Lee will start at 5 p.m., followed by home games on Wednesday and Thursday. Both of those contests will begin at 4:30 p.m.

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Kyle Pillar is a nine-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.