RICHMOND — Richmond softball’s winning streak reached the 40s Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Greenville. The unsettling fact for opponents trying to end that streak is that the two-time defending Class D state champions may be tougher to beat than ever.

Richmond used great patience at the plate, outstanding defense, and the tandem of Sydney Tilton and Meranda Martin in the pitching circle to end both games by the mercy rule – 15-3 in five innings in the opener and 14-0 in 41/2 innings in Game 2.

The Bobcats (7-0) extended their winning streak to 41 games over the last two-plus years.

Kelsea Anair went 5 for 6 with a home run, two walks and six runs scored. Tilton, who pitched the first game and caught the second, had four hits and two walks, drove in four runs and scored three times. Kelsie Obi added three hits, three RBI and three runs scored.

Richmond hitters worked Greenville freshman pitcher Lilly Pelletier for 25 walks.

“We’re teaching them, don’t hit her pitch, hit your pitch. She’s going to give you a pitch that you can hit every time. Just don’t be anxious up there,” Richmond Coach Rick Coughlin said.

Tilton, a freshman, gave up five hits and one walk in Game 1 while striking out seven. Martin, a sophomore, pitched a three-hitter with no walks and six strikeouts in Game 2.