Blythewood wins district baseball championship

ainelson@thestate.comMay 1, 2013 

Blythewood's Connor Grant, right, is chased by teammates Wednesday after his game-winning hit in the district championship against Boiling Springs.

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In the Class 4A District 4 baseball final on Wednesday at Blythewood, the host Bengals dropped the first game against Boiling Springs 4-2. The Bengals kept their season alive with a 6-5 comeback victory in the second game, taking the title with Connor Grant’s RBI cut into deep left field in the bottom of the seventh.

The Bengals had trailed by one run going into the seventh.

Pitching in relief for Blythewood, Allen Louthian picked up three strikeouts to sit the Bulldogs at the top of the inning and charge up the Bengals offense.

Andrew Beckwith led off with a single, and later, with two outs, Derek Croxton smashed a double into the centerfield fence to bring in Beckwith and knot the score at 5.

Connor Grant went to bat with Croxton in scoring position and singled off a curveball to win the game.

“The only thing I was hoping was to get it done for the seniors,” said Grant, a sophomore outfielder. “We’ve had this happen a couple of games now, and we’ve learned never to give up.”

The Bengals trailed early in the game, after giving up three runs in the second inning. Boiling Springs’ two-run double helped the Bulldogs take the lead there, and in the fourth, Jacob Hennessy drove in a run that put Boiling Springs ahead 4-0.

But the Bengals were undaunted.

They posted four runs in the bottom of the third, aided by some Bulldogs missteps. A single from Aaron Dahm loaded the bases for Blythewood, and catcher Tyler Romanik was walked to force in a run. Thomas Bessinger brought another across with a single, and when the Bulldogs misplayed Croxton’s hit, the Bengals got two runs to tie the game.

Boiling Springs regained the lead when Lucas Thomas scored on Blythewood’s third error of the game.

Although the Bengals did not have exactly the game they wanted, coach Barry Mizzell said, they had what they needed.

“They battled back and held on,” he said. “The kids just didn’t quit … they have that kind of feeling now, that no matter what happens, we’re not out of it.”

The Bengals fought hard for a comeback in the first game, but fell short as Boiling Springs posted four runs in the first three innings and held off the Bengals.

Chaz Mizzell hit a home run for the Bengals in the third. In the fourth, Thomas Bessinger hit a double and scored two batters later.

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