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Raiders sweep Hoke County for 5-0 win

Senior Jullian Cline lines up to bowl a frame during Richmond's win over Hoke County. (Deon Cranford)

LAURINBURG — Bowling against one of its two scheduled opponents on Thursday, the Richmond Senior High School boys’ bowling team added a win to its season total.

Competing in their second Sandhills Athletic Conference doubleheader of the season, the Raiders defeated Hoke County 5-0.

Richmond was also supposed to bowl against Union Pines High School, but due to the power outage in Moore County this week, the Vikings didn’t participate.

Head coach Ralph Butler explained that Richmond still bowled its four games for the Union Pines match and said that the Vikings would make up their games at a later date to decide the winner.

“We were without Sam Thompson this week,” Butler said of the sophomore. “He’s a great teammate and great bowler and we hope to get him back next week. We had some others step up and play well this week. 

“James Eason and Jullian Cline both had great nights,” he added of the two seniors. “They’re getting better every time out. James is just so competitive he’s going to find a way and Jullian throws a great ball. Both of them have been great to help give William some relief in the anchor spot. 

“William has been tremendous so far this year and I feel like if we can be in the lead going into the 10th frame, we’re in good shape.”

Senior James Eason bowls a frame during Richmond’s win over Hoke County. (Deon Cranford/The Richmond Observer)

Raiders earn all five possible points against Bucks

The Raiders controlled their match against Hoke County from the opening frame, rolling to a 5-0 win. Scores of the four games were 185-134, 132-97, 121-108, 189-121.

Richmond picked up the fifth point, its eight of the season for the SAC standings, by winning the final pin count 627-460.

Averaging 156.8 pins per game, the Raiders collected 15 strikes and added 11 spares. Cline led the way with five strikes, Eason notched four strikes and a spare and White anchored the team with five strikes and four spares.

Cline and Eason both closed out five of their eight respective frames for a closing percentage of 63%. 

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Eason had a strike in the first and second games and added two in the fourth game, while Cline had one each in the first three games before ending with two perfect rolls in the finale.

White’s 9-for-11 performance helped secure the win with a percentage of 82%. He only missed closing out a single frame in both the second and fourth games. 

Adding to the victory were sophomores Landon Summerlin (1 strike, 1 spare), Garret Mabe (1 strike, 2 spares) and Landon Taylor (1 spare).

Richmond records season-high 12 spares against Union Pines

Although the outcome of their match against Union Pines is still to be determined, the Raiders rolled their four games and notched a season team-high 12 spares.

Scores for Richmond were 156, 113, 118 and 162 for a pin total of 549 pins. The Raiders averaged 137.3 pins per game and added 12 strikes.

Eason stayed consistent, bowling a season-high seven strikes in his eight frames (88%). White rolled three more strikes and chipped in four spares.

Cline had a strike and four spares, Summerlin rolled a strike and three spares and Mabe rounded out the scoring with a spare.

Richmond (2-1, 8 points) will play one more match before a holiday hiatus.

The Raiders will bowl against Lee County High School and roll an open game for points next Thursday in Aberdeen. Action will begin at 4 p.m.

Note: Stats and match information were provided by Ralph Butler and Deon Cranford contributed photos to this article.

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Kyle Pillar is a 16-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.