On Tuesday, the Ridge View Blazers made the short trip to Blythewood High School to take on the Bengals in a Region 4-4A matchup. The Bengals entered the game atop the region 4-4A standings with a 4-0 record, 8-3 overall. The Blazers came in 1-1 in the region, 3-9 overall.
This game was dominated by pitching for both teams, with no more than a one run difference at any point in the contest. Kelly Owens of Blythewood scored a run in the bottom of the 6th to break a 1-1 tie, leading the Bengals to a 2-1 victory.
Blythewood opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when junior 1B Kelly Owens lined a shot down the right field line into the corner. Once the ball was past the Blazer right fielder, the speedy Owens was off to the races, scoring without a throw for an inside the park home run. The Blazers were held to no hits and only 1 baserunner through the first 4 innings by Bengal starter Megan Marsh. In the top of the 5th however, the Blazers manufactured a run to tie the score at 1 apiece. Blazer 3B Tre Medlin lead off the inning with a walk, stole second, was sacrificed to 3rd by Shatoya White, and then scored when the strikeout pitch from Marsh for what would have been the 2nd out got by the catcher, allowing Katherine Stori to reach first.
In the home half of the 5th a rather interesting double play ended the inning for the Bengals. Following a one-out single to right from Jennifer Jameson, Paige Owczarczak lined a hard ball to third for the 2nd out. The runner was stealing on the pitch however, leaving her out to dry for the force double play at first. Blazer 3B Medlin, instead of throwing behind the runner to first for the force double play putout, bounced a throw into second base which went into center field also getting by the center fielder. The runner seeing all of this takes off for third, then upon realizing that she has to go back to first, begins scampering back to first by way of second base. Meanwhile the Blazer center fielder Stephanie Junker retrieves the ball in center and makes a one-hop throw to first to complete the not so usual 5-8-3 inning-ending double play. Lots of excitement, end result still a double play.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Bengals broke the tie, when Kelly Owens lined a single to center for her second hit, stole second, and came around to score when the throw from the catcher sailed into center field getting by the Blazer center fielder. This would end the scoring at 2-1, as the Blazers went quietly in the 7th.
Megan Marsh was dominant on the hill for the Bengals, only allowing 1 hit, an infield single from Stephanie Sweatman that deflected off the third baseman's glove as she went to her left to make the play. Marsh struck out 13, and only allowed 1 ball to leave the infield, this a caught fly ball to right to the leadoff hitter in the game. Kelly Owens brought her first baseman's mitt to the park as well as her bat, spearing a line drive off the bat of Megan Woodall in the 5th with 2 runners on to end the inning, and also diving into foul territory to snag a liner from Stephanie Junker in the 6th.
For the Blazers, Brooke Dimock pitched a very nice game in her own right, holding a hard-hitting Blythewood team to a scattered 5 hits and 2 runs, 1 of which was unearned. Blazer LF Kaitlyn McCormick made a nice running catch on a short gapper to left center to end the 6th inning stranding a runner at second base. The win runs Blythewood's Region 4-4A mark to 5-0 and 9-3 overall. Ridge View's region record is now 1-2, and 3-10 overall. Next up for the Blazers is a trip to Rock Hill on Wednesday to take on the Bearcats at 7:30.
RV: Stephanie Sweatman - 1b (1-2, BB, SB)
Blythewood: Paige Owczarczak - 2b (1-3) Kelly Owens - 1b (2-3, HR, rbi, 2 runs, SB) Paige Hartfield - ss (1-3, 3 SB) Jennifer Jameson - rf (1-2)
WP - Megan Marsh (5-3, 7 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 13 K, 2 BB, 1 HP) LP - Brooke Dimock (3-7, 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 HP)