ROCKINGHAM — Lumberton coach Paul Hodges left Raider Field after his team’s first loss in Southeastern Conference play wondering what could have been.
Lumberton (6-5, 2-1) committed four errors in the second inning and Richmond (7-2-1, 3-0) took advantage of those miscues to score five runs en route to posting a 7-1 victory Friday night.
“It could have been a 2-1 game going into the final innings,” Hodges said. “We didn’t make the routine plays. They weren’t tough plays, just routine plays. I thought Richmond did a good job putting the ball in play. We have to make those plays.”
Those miscues forced Lumberton starter Evan Odum to throw 34 pitches in the second instead of a possible 11 and Hodges thought it got his young pitcher out of his rhythm.
Daniel Oxendine let Taylor McLean’s ground ball roll through his legs for a two-base error, after a strikeout, Ethan Baucom reached on an error by Dylan Floyd.
Brandon Gibson followed with a run-scoring double. On the play, Baucom was stopped at third by Richmond coach Ricky Young, but the relay throw bounced away from Raleigh Forrest and Floyd, allowing Baucom to score. Another error by Floyd later in the inning helped Richmond score another two runs.
“We had some good hits sandwiched between those errors,” Young said. “We did a good job capitalizing on the errors. I really liked our approach at the plate.”
The five-run outburst was more than enough offense to back Richmond starting pitcher Nic Bullard. The senior left-hander surrendered three hits and struck out seven in six innings. After allowing a leadoff single to Oxendine in the third, Bullard retired the last 12 batters he faced, including striking out four of the final five.
Lumberton softball falls to Richmond
ROCKINGHAM — The Lumberton softball team played strong defense but couldn’t get the offense it needed in a 6-0 loss to undefeated Richmond.
Raider pitcher Summer Jacobs allowed four hits and struck out a career-high 15 to end the Pirates’ two-game win streak.
“We didn’t put any pressure on them,” Lumberton coach Mackie Register said.
Richmond (9-0, 3-0) went ahead on a solo home run by Ashton Davenport in the first inning, then put up six hits in five-run third, including two-run shot by Chelsea Davis. Lumberton (2-7, 1-2) had four hits, all from different players, as Danielle Smith picked up her fifth loss of the year.
St. Pauls baseball beats East Columbus
LAKE WACCAMAW — The St. Pauls baseball team picked up its second win of the year, beating East Columbus 11-5 on Friday.
The Bulldogs (2-8, 2-4) took the lead in the third and never trailed after a fifth-inning rally put them up 10-0.
Richard Thomas picked up the win, throwing 4 1/3 innings with four allowed runs, none earned. Cody McKenna went 2-4 with three runs batted in. Justin Baker and Ted McNeill also had multi-hit games.
The St. Pauls softball team (1-9, 1-5) continued its struggles with a 16-0 loss to East Columbus. It’s the fifth straight loss for the team and the fourth straight shutout.
Fairmont takes lead in Three Rivers standings
TABOR CITY — The Fairmont baseball team picked up another key conference win on Friday, beating South Columbus 5-2.
The Golden Tornadoes (10-1, 6-0) went up 2-1 in the third inning and never trailed afterwards, getting one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh. It’s the first conference loss of the year for the Stallions and gives Fairmont the sole lead in the Three Rivers conference standings. The Fairmont softball team continued its conference struggle, falling 12-2 in five innings to South Columbus.
The Golden Tornadoes (4-4, 2-4) scored two runs in the first inning but struggled to get any more offense after that.
Swett postponed until Monday
SOUTHERN PINES — The Purnell Swett baseball and softball teams packed the busses and made it to Pinecrest on Friday, but rain in the area prevented games from being played on Friday. The schools rescheduled the games for Monday night in Southern Pines.
Stinson is the Sports Editor of the Richmond County Daily Journal. Scott Schlaufman contributed to this report.
Fairmont 5, South Columbus 2
Fairmont 002 001 2 — 5 7 0
S. Columbus 001 000 1 — 2 7 2
St. Pauls 11, East Columbus 5
St. Pauls 003 071 0 — 11 9 2
E. Columbus 000 041 0 — 5 7 4
WP — Thomas. LP — Andrews.
Leading hitters — STP: Baker 2-5, 3B; McKenna 2-4, 3 RBI, McNeill 2-4. EC: Robinson 2-2; Dumes 2-4.
South Columbus 12, Fairmont 2
Fairmont 200 00 — 2 3 5
S. Columbus 304 41 — 12 10 0
Note: Game ended with 1 out in the 5th
WP — Dyson (4-1). LP — Floyd 2-3.
Leading hitters — F: Camron 1-3; Hicks 1-3, 2B, RBI; Lovin 1-2, RBI. SC: Sellers 2-3, Jacobs 2-3, 3B, RBI, 4 RBI; Sykes 2-3, RBI.
Records — Fairmont 4-4, 2-4; S. Columbus 6-1, 5-0.
Richmond 6, Lumberton 0
Lumberton 000 000 0 — 0 4 0
Richmond 105 000 0 — 6 10 1
Smith (L, 2-5), K. Prevatte (6th) and Hammonds. Summer Jacobs (W, 7-0) and Steen.
Leading hitters — L: Bullard 1-2, Faulkner 1-1; R — D. Jones 2-4, Davenport 1-4, HR; Davis 1-3, HR; J. Steen 2-3.
Records — Lumberton 2-7, 1-2; Richmond 9-0, 3-0.