The Richmond Raiders will make their second consecutive appearance in the Professional Indoor Football League championship game at 8 p.m. Monday, facing the top-seeded Alabama Hammers in Huntsville.

The Raiders (8-5) earned their way to the final by holding off the Lehigh Valley SteelHawks 44-40 Monday night at the Richmond Coliseum.

Warren Smith, a former CAA standout for Maine, was 24-of-36 for 234 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass to a diving Hakeem Moore with 30 seconds left. Moore, from Towson, had 12 catches for 149 yards and four TDs.

RoShawn Marshall preserved the victory with a touchdown-saving tackle after a completion by the SteelHawks (7-6) on the final play.

The Raiders’ assistant coaches include defensive coordinator Billy Jarvis, who has become Middlesex High’s head coach after a stint with Warhill, and former William and Mary standout defensive back Billy Parker.

Little League:

All District 7 and District 15 baseball and softball tournament games scheduled for Tuesday were rained out.

Hockey:

Norfolk will open the home portion of the 25th season of Admirals hockey on Friday, Oct. 11, at Scope. The opponent will be revealed later.

The Admirals, awaiting their second season as the Anaheim Ducks' top affiliate, also have been guaranteed home games on Oct. 12, Dec. 13, Dec. 14, Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 by the American Hockey League. The Jan. 18 game will be a "Pink in the Rink" benefit to fight breast cancer.