Wednesday, 13 March 2019 09:45

Four homers help Lady Raiders coast past Pinecrest in six innings

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Payton Chappell, Savannah Lampley and Taylor Parrish combined for four homers in Tuesday's win over Pinecrest. Payton Chappell, Savannah Lampley and Taylor Parrish combined for four homers in Tuesday's win over Pinecrest. Michelle Parrish — The Richmond Observer

SOUTHERN PINES — One of Richmond head softball coach Wendy Wallace’s mantras is for her team to “be aggressive at the plate.”

The Lady Raiders’ bats were in full force Tuesday at Pinecrest High School, as Richmond blasted a season-high four home runs to coast to a 12-1 mercy-rule win in six innings. All four home runs came off of sophomore pitcher Gracie Hough.

The four dingers were the most in a game for Richmond since it blasted six, a single-game program record, against Lake Norman High School in the third round of the 2018 NCHSAA state playoffs.

Senior Taylor Parrish hit her team-leading second and third home runs of the season, both of which were solo shots to center field. Fellow senior Savannah Lampley connected on her second home run of the season to center field, and sophomore Payton Chappell knocked a three-run blast to straightaway center.

Chappell and Lampley went back-to-back in the top of the second inning, while Parrish sent her balls over the fence in the third and sixth innings, respectively.

“The girls were aggressive at the plate and they made sure they were swinging at good pitches early in the count,” Wallace said of the homerun parade. “They had the green light and can hit the ball hard. Taylor is swinging the bat really good right now, Savannah looks good, and Payton said she felt good after warming up.”

Lampley scored the first run of the game in the top of the first, scoring on a Paige Ransom sacrifice fly to left field. Junior Kayla Hawkins would score the eventual game-winning run when she trotted home in the top of the second on a passed ball to make it 2-0.

Two at-bats later, with Madison Jordan at third and Kenleigh Frye at second, Chappell unloaded on a 1-1 pitch for her homer, extending Richmond’s lead to 5-0. Lampley’s shot on a full count in the subsequent at-bat capped off a five-run second inning.

From the circle, senior ace Greyson Way earned her fourth win of the season, pitching a complete game while racking up eight strikeouts. She sat the Lady Patriots down in order in four of the six innings she pitched.

After giving up a leadoff single to Katelyn Chisholm to start the home half of the first, Parrish started a 3-4 double play by snagging a popped up bunt by Ashlee Ogburn. The first baseman turned and fired it to Frye, who was covering first, to double off Chisholm.

Parrish got to work at the plate in the top of the third, sending the first pitch from Hough over the fence in center. Freshman Allyiah Swiney recorded an RBI-single a couple of at-bats later, scoring Frye from second, to push the score to 8-0.

Following the end of the half inning, Wallace replaced several players in the lineup, sending sophomore Kearston Bruce to second and freshman Maylyn Wallace to left field.

A one-out triple by Olivia Morse in the bottom of the third led to the Lady Patriots’ lone run of the game. She would score two at-bats later when Chisholm found a hole into left field for an RBI-single.

Way would plate Lampley in the top of the fourth inning on the first of her two sacrifice flies. The final three runs for Richmond would come in the top of the sixth, via a Lampley RBI-single, Way’s second sac fly and Parrish’s final home run.

Through four games this season, Parrish is one homer shy of matching her home run total (4) from her junior season, when she played 29 games.

Way shut the door in the sixth inning with her final punch out and got two putouts by Bruce at second base on ground balls to the right side of the infield.

Lampley and Parrish led the way with two hits each, recording half of Richmond’s hit total. Chappell had a game-high three RBIs, while Lampley, Way and Parrish were responsible for two RBIs apiece. Parrish leads the team with eight RBIs through four games.

“It’s big to start off with four straight wins,” Wallace said. “We started off having to fill some spots, and we’re getting more comfortable. To win them all, you have to win the first one and then each one after that. We’re looking better and better at the plate, and I like the way we’re looking.

“Greyson pitched really good tonight and she was able to work on a couple little things, like hitting the inside part of the plate consistently,” Wallace concluded. “She’s looking better and better and is getting some more stamina behind her.”

Richmond (4-0, 3-0 SAC) will host non-conference Uwharrie Charter Academy (3-0) Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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