Wednesday, 17 July 2019 22:19

JV Rattlers open final CCSSL series with loss to Scotland

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Coach Corey Wallace speaks to players in between pitches during Wednesday's game against Scotland. Coach Corey Wallace speaks to players in between pitches during Wednesday's game against Scotland. Kyle Pillar — The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — A late-game rally attempt by the Richmond Rattlers’ junior varsity team came up short Wednesday.


Richmond kicked off its final series of the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League with a 9-5 loss to the visiting Scotland Sliders in five innings (time limit).

The Rattlers mustered just two hits in the loss, as rising sophomore Jude Howard started the game with two scoreless innings on the mound. He would give up seven runs on six hits, while striking out three batters in 3.2 innings.

On the defensive side of things, the Rattlers committed four errors in the field, allowing Scotland to take advantage in the middle innings. Howard faced just four batters in the top of the first inning, and got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the second, stranding a pair of runners at second and third.

One of Richmond’s hits came when rising sophomore Chandler Orr singled to lead off the home half of the first. The Rattlers would take a 1-0 lead an inning later when rising freshman Timothy Crowder reached on an error to shortstop, allowing David O’Neal (hit-by-pitch) to score.

Scotland would bounce back with four runs of its own in the top of the third, using a pair of singles, an error at second base and a two-RBI double to take a 4-1 lead.

Two more errors by the Rattlers in the top of the fourth inning led to a three-spot for the Sliders, which opened the game up 7-1. Rising freshman Ethan Locklear replaced Howard on the mound with two outs in the fourth, and pitched the final 1.1 innings of the game. 

The Rattlers battled back in the bottom of the fourth inning to score four runs of their own, seeing back-to-back walks by Orr and Locklear, coupled with an error on a Howard grounder, load the bases. Following a fly out, rising sophomore Dexter Mabe and O’Neal also drew walks, each plating a run.

Rising freshman Shoan Hodges would deliver the final two runs for Richmond an at-bat later, lacing a two-RBI double to left field, scoring Howard and Mabe.

An errant pickoff attempt by Locklear allowed Scotland to add an insurance run in the sixth, and the Sliders used an RBI double to seal the deal in the same inning.

Now 4-7 on the season, the JV Rattlers will close CCSSL play Thursday on the road at Scotland. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

Kyle Pillar

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

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