ROCKINGHAM — The list is getting shorter.
Before the season started, the Richmond Senior baseball team compiled its goals for the season. The first was to win the Southeastern Conference’s regular season title.
That was accomplished with the victory over Scotland last week coupled with Lumberton’s loss to Purnell Swett.
The next was to capture the conference tournament.
Richmond coach Ricky Young and his players can now put a big check mark next to that wish.
Richmond batted around in the third inning and scored four runs en route to a 7-2 victory over Pinecrest Friday night at Raider Field in the SEC tournament title game.
After the victory, the team’s seniors received the championship plaque from SEC president Gary Brigman.
“We are taking it one game at a time,” senior catcher Bradley Brown said. “We know next week it is going to be one-and-done. There’s a big difference from where we were at the beginning of the season. We weren’t gelled and there wasn’t a lot of chemistry. We are getting hot at the plate and our pitching is doing what it usually does.”
One of the pitching stars Brown was talking about is Nic Bullard. The senior left-hander pitched all seven innings against the Patriots, allowing six hits, two earned runs and striking out eight.
Nic Bullard ran into trouble in the fourth inning when Pinecrest scored twice to cut the deficit to 4-2 and was threatening to tack on more runs. With runners on first and second with two outs, Dalton Bullard ripped a double into the gap in right scoring Dylan Wallace and Joe Cirigliano. Nic Bullard picked off courtesy runner Carson Maples off second to end the inning.
Richmond added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth to pick the game out of reach. Nic Bullard had a two-out two-run double on a 3-2 count in the fifth and Cody Leviner added a run-scoring single in the sixth.
Richmond softball rallies for victory
ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond softball team will march into the state 4A playoffs undefeated, but its 25th win didn’t come easy.
Richmond rallied to score three runs in the fifth to pull out a 4-2 victory over Pinecrest in the Southeastern Conference tournament final Friday night.
The Patriots scored twice against Summer Jacobs in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead before the Raiders got things rolling in the bottom of the fifth.
Doodle Jacobs led off with a single and Ashton Davenport followed with a bunt single. Summer Jacobs grounded into a fielder’s choice as Pinecrest tagged Doodle Jacobs out trying to advance to third. Jessica Steen singled to right as Davenport raced home to tie the game. After Katie Satterfield struck out, Chelsea Davis reached safely on an error that allowed courtesy runner Kelsey Mabe and Steen to score. Hunter Parks popped out to end the threat.
Summer Jacobs settled down and held Pinecrest’s offense in check the rest of the way to earn the win in the pitching circle. She allowed five hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out four.
Doodle Jacobs, Davenport and Steen all had two hits for the Raiders in the victory.
Shawn Stinson is the Sports Editor of the Richmond County Daily Journal.