ROCKINGHAM — The outcome of Friday’s game wasn’t as exciting for the Richmond Raider baseball team as it was earlier in the week against its conference rival.
Finishing up the two-game regular-season series with the Patriots, Richmond split following a 10-0 loss in five innings.
Unlike Tuesday’s 10-8 win, the Raiders struggled to get into a rhythm at the plate. Richmond collected just one hit against Pinecrest ace Colby Wallace.
Head coach Rob Ransom said the Raiders didn’t take advantage of opportunities throughout the game, adding “(Pinecrest) played better than we did.”
Junior pitcher Camron Seagraves got the start for the Raiders, and threw 4.0 innings. He allowed eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and struck out five batters.
Pinecrest took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with two away on an RBI single by Bryant Kimbrell to left field.
The Raiders managed to get two runners on base in the home half via the walk, senior Ethan Clayton and junior James Eason, but a double play ended the chance to tie.
An RBI single from Hunter Huneycutt and a two-RBI base knock by Kimbrell extended the Patriots’ lead to 4-0 in the second.
The Raiders were retired in order in the second and Seagraves smacked a two-out double to the wall in right-center field for the team’s only hit in the bottom of the third. A flyout to left field stranded Seagraves.
Pierce Perrotta and J.D. Scarbrough each drove in a run in the top of the fourth to extend the lead to 6-0.
A four-run top of the fifth put Pinecrest (7-2, 1-1 SAC) up by 10 runs. Richmond was retired in order in both the fourth and fifth frames by Wallace (5.0 IP, one hit, two walks, five strikeouts).
Sophomore Landon Taylor threw the final inning for Richmond, giving up three hits and two runs.
Richmond (5-2, 2-2 SAC) will travel to non-conference West Stanly High School (4-2) on Saturday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
JV Raiders redeem earlier loss to Pinecrest
Getting back in the win column on Friday, the junior varsity baseball team evened its season series with Pinecrest.
Using a six-run top of the third inning, and 10 hits from six players, the JV Raiders won 7-5 in six innings.
Freshman Evan Hodges had another quality start, going five innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and five strikeouts.
Sophomore Jason Walker threw the final 2.0 innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits.
The JV Raiders roped six doubles in the win, including two from sophomore Brooks Calhoun. Walker, Jeremiah Ritter, Sam Thompson and C.J. Jenkins each had one.
Trailing 1-0 entering the third, Richmond sent 11 batters to the plate. Doubles by Walker and Ritter led to a two-RBI two-bagger from Calhoun to left field.
With one away, Jenkins traded places with Calhoun on a double to left, driving in a run to make it 3-1. Then with two outs, Jenkins stole home and Thompson connected on an RBI double to left, plating Jabari Douglas (hit-by-pitch).
Capping the productive inning and helping his own cause, Hodges laced an RBI single into right field to score Thompson.
Pinecrest got two runs back in the third and the JV Raiders scored their final run in the top of the fourth. Ritter, who led off with a hit-by-pitch, raced home on a wild pitch.
The JV Patriots scored their final two runs in the sixth, but Walker used a pair of groundouts to ice the win.
Thompson, Walker, Ritter and Calhoun all had two hits, while Calhoun’s two RBIs led the team. Adding an RBI each were Hodges, Jenkins and Thompson.
The JV Raiders (3-1, 1-1 SAC) will play at non-conference West Stanly on Saturday at 11 a.m.