Blythewood dealt Spring Valley its first softball region loss in at least three years on Tuesday night, downing the young, rebuilding Vikings 5-0.
The Bengals improved to 2-1 overall, 2-0 in Region 4-4A, while the host Vikings fell to 1-2, 0-1.
Megan Marsh went the distance to up her record to 2-1. The senior right-hander allowed only two SV hits, struck out seven, issued one walk and hit two Vikings batters. Marsh got herself into trouble in the fifth inning when he walked and hit the first two batters she faced., but quickly settle down to get out of the jam with three straight outs, including two whiffs. That was Spring Valley’s best scoring opportunity of the game.
Hillary Stewart was the Blythewood hitting star, going 3-for-4 with a double, one run scored and one RBI. Kelly Owens and Lori Owens both went 2-for-3 – the former had a double and scored two runs, while the latter drove in two runs. Paige Owczarzcak went 2-for-4 and scored one run.
Blythewood returns to action this weekend at the Lexington Wildcat Invitational tournament. The Bengals have pool games against Swansea and North Augusta on Friday and Laurens on Saturday before moving on to the placement phase of the tournament on Saturday afternoon.