Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

JV Raiders' sweep of Scotland in finale puts Richmond atop SAC standings

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The JV Raiders swept Scotland to finish the 2019 season atop the SAC standings. The JV Raiders swept Scotland to finish the 2019 season atop the SAC standings. Tara Hancock — The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior High School junior varsity baseball team put an exclamation point on the end of its 2019 season with a pair of wins against rival Scotland High School.

The sweep over Scotland moved the Raiders to 14-4 overall and 9-3 against Sandhills Athletic Conference opponents. That mark was good enough for the Raiders and head coach Ralph Butler to finish the season atop the conference standings.

Starting on the road Tuesday at Scotland, Richmond held off the Fighting Scots 8-7. Freshman pitcher Cameron Way earned the win on the mound after entering the game in the fourth inning. Sophomore Michael Pettitt closed things out in the seventh to earn the save.

“We didn’t play well defensively,” Butler noted. “We were way above our average for errors, but we got out of there with a win.”

Sophomore outfielder Trevor Johnson was 3-for-4 at the plate with two triples, two RBIs and three runs scored. Way also went 3-for-4, adding two RBIs in the win. Sophomore Tony Gathings rounded out Richmond’s offense with a 2-for-4 performance and two runs scored.

Two nights later at home in the season finale, the Raiders would overcome a three-run deficit late to sweep the Fighting Scots by a final tally of 6-4. Pettitt earned the win after relieving freshman JD Lampley on the hill.

Scotland jumped out to a 4-1 lead, and Butler said Pettitt, “was able to keep them off the board the rest of the way, giving us a chance against a group that hit the ball well in both games.” He added he was “extremely happy” for Pettitt.

Sophomore Hunter Hancock went a perfect 3-for-3 on the night, and the Raiders rallied to score five runs in the sixth inning to ultimately put the game out of reach.

Lampley and freshman Colin Wheeler kicked off the sixth with a pair of singles, before “four successful bunts” by Gathings, Pettitt, Harley Honeycutt and Jaheim Harrington helped moved runners and score runs.

“We rallied to put up five runs and put us in the lead for good,” Butler concluded. “Pettitt closed it out in the seventh to seal it.”

Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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