Tuesday, 06 April 2021 22:47

Lady Raiders fall to Scotland to close first half of SAC play

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Sophomore Macy Steen hit a 3-run homer in Tuesday's loss to Scotland, her first career varsity homerun. Sophomore Macy Steen hit a 3-run homer in Tuesday's loss to Scotland, her first career varsity homerun. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior High School softball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday against Scotland High School.


In the first of two regular-season meetings between the rivals, Scotland used a five-run second inning to help defeat Richmond 9-3. 

“We’re improving, but we still get down on ourselves too much and it snowballs,” head coach Mike Way said. “We end up in the position we’re trying to put the other teams in.

“Scotland hit the ball well tonight and we missed a few spots, and we called the wrong pitch at least three times where they got us,” he added. “Some nights it doesn’t go our way, but I don’t think the score reflects tonight’s game.”

Senior pitcher Paige Ransom started the game for the Lady Raiders and worked herself out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first. She struck out Lindsay Locklear and Irlyn Ramos to keep the game scoreless, two of her four strikeouts in the game.

Ransom tossed three innings in the loss and allowed five runs (two earned). Sophomore pitcher Quston Leviner threw four innings of relief, giving up four runs (two earned). The two Lady Raiders combined to give up nine hits.

Scotland struck first in the top of the second, using a two-run home run by Morgan Singletary to take an early lead. Later in the inning with two outs, a fielding error allowed two runs to score and a passed ball made it 5-0.

The Lady Raiders answered in the bottom half of the second, thanks to a three-run blast by sophomore catcher Macy Steen. Leading off the inning, freshman Katie Way and Ransom singled and doubled, respectively, to put runners on second and third.

On the first offering from Scotland’s pitcher Sydnee Dial, Steen lasered a shot to straightaway center for her first career varsity home run.

Scotland would add two runs in the fifth inning and two more in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach. Richmond’s hitters struggled to catch up with Dial’s speed, striking out 11 times as a team.

“(Dial) did a great job of working both sides of the plate, and she was almost exclusively pitching away the first three innings,” Way said of Scotland’s pitching. “We started making adjustments, but then she made an adjustment. Good pitching will beat good hitting more so than the other way around. 

“We didn’t put enough pressure on them tonight or put enough balls in play,” he added.

Junior shortstop Allyiah Swiney made several key defensive plays in later innings to keep the game close. She made two plays in the top of the fourth, before adding a leaping grab to rob a base hit in the top of the seventh.

Steen and Swiney also connected for an out after a failed bunt attempt, which saw Steen throw the ball down to third and get Dial off the bag in the top of the third.

In the top of the fifth, a relay started by center fielder Maylyn Wallace to infielder Kenleigh Frye, then to Steen at the plate, caught Carleigh McKeithan trying to score.

The Lady Raiders collected six hits in the loss, with Steen going 3-for-3 at the dish with a three-run home run and two singles. Ransom, Wallace and Way accounted for the other hits.

Steen’s three RBIs were tied with Singletary for the game-high, and both players led the game with three hits each.

Scotland (5-1) sits in second place in the Sandhills Athletic Conference standings, just ahead of third-place Richmond (4-2).

The Lady Raiders will return to the diamond Wednesday and look to avenge an earlier loss to SAC leader Purnell Swett High School (5-1). First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

“There’s no rest for the weary and we’ll turn right back around with Purnell Swett,” Way closed. “We’ll get after it and move on from this one. Our mantra is on to the next play or game, good or bad.”

JV Lady Raiders earn close win

The Richmond junior varsity softball team earned a 9-7 win over Scotland on Tuesday before the game was called in the fifth inning due to the time limit.

Richmond scored two runs in the first, using an RBI triple from sophomore pitcher Sydney Smith, who later scored on a passed ball. 

In the bottom of the second, with teammates Erin Fields, Peyton Lowery and Addyson Hollingsworth on base, sophomore Chaslie Holden drew a walk to plate a run. 

Smith dug in and delivered with another triple, this time clearing the bases for three RBIs. After two complete, Richmond trailed 7-6.

To start the fifth, freshman Ryelan Lyerly reached on a single, followed by a bunt single from Kady Harris. Christi Jacobs moved both runners over with a hit, and a passed ball allowed Lyerly to score. 

Harris would cross the plate safely and an error on a ball in play by Lowery allowed Jacobs to score the final run.

The JV Lady Raiders are now 2-1 on the season and will host Purnell Swett on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

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Kyle Pillar

Three-time award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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