With the back end of its order coming through in back-to-back innings and Aysha Richardson pitching a 3-hitter, the Orange County softball team was able to take down Albemarle 6-4 to remain unbeaten on the year.
Kristen Anderson had a pair of 2-run doubles between the second and third inning to pace Orange out to a 5-0 lead. And after that, the rest was in Richardson’s hand.
The Virginia Tech bound senior pitcher struck out five of the first six batters she faced and the Patriots weren’t able to generate anything against her until the fourth inning. After a lead off single and a walk, Emily McAllister delivered the biggest hit for Albemarle on a 2-run double. McAllister then took third and home and trimmed the lead down to two runs.
Both Albemarle and Orange traded runs in the sixth with Albemarle getting the deficit down to a run after McAllister earned a walk, stole a pair of bases and then crossed the plate on a wild pitch. The Hornets answered immediately with Richardson reaching base on an error and then also stealing a pair of bases before reaching home on a wild pitch.
The 2-run lead going into the seventh was more than enough for Richardson as she retired the bottom of Albemarle’s order to pick up the win.
For the night Richardson finished with 10 strikeouts to three hits and six walks. She was also 2 for 4 at the plate. Moragn Capaldo earned a pair of walks and scored on twice. Caroline Calloway was 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs scored. Anderson went 2 for 3 with four RBI.
McAllister was 1 for 2 with two RBI. Teammates Kaitlin Kean and Brooke McAllister had the other two Patriots hits.
Albemarle (4-3) heads on spring break next and will resume play April 9th at home against Brooke Point.
Orange (8-0) is also on break and hosts Louisa County on April 9th.