LAURINBURG — Six runs in the sixth inning proved to be the difference for the Scotland High School baseball team in Saturday’s continued game against rival Richmond. Despite being outhit and racking up more errors, the Scots completed the series sweep with a 9-3 win over the Raiders.

The game which started Friday night, was called off and postponed to Saturday morning due to lightning with Richmond leading 1-0 in the top of the third inning.

Heading into the sixth inning, the game was tied 3-3. Scotland led off with a double from junior Alex Hatcher, then a sacrifice fly by junior Luke Taylor gave it a one-run lead. Then a base hit and back-to-back four-ball walks loaded the bases with one out. Two hit-by-pitch walks and two four-ball walks then scored four additional runs for the Scots and a sacrifice fly by Hatcher scored the team’s final run.

The loss concluded the season for the Raiders (5-9, 4-8 SAC), but thanks to the runner-up finish in conference play, the Scots (11-3, 10-2 SAC) earned the No. 9 seed in the 4A East state playoffs and will travel to No. 8 seed Cardinal Gibbons in the first round Tuesday.

Junior Parker Byrd finished with two doubles and two RBIs to lead Scotland. Five Scots each tallied an RBI.

Freshman James Eason led the Raiders’ offense with three hits, including two doubles. Juniors Alston Johnson and Cameron Way each tallied one of the Raiders’ only RBIs. Junior Colin Wheeler finished with two hits in four at-bats.

On the mound, senior Jackson Sellers, Byrd and Hatcher combined to give up 10 hits and one earned run, while striking out four for Scotland. For the Raiders, freshman Cameron Seagraves and Way pitched the bulk of the game, combining to give up six hits and six earned runs, while striking out two. Juniors Jude Howard and Will Dawkins also pitched for Richmond.

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