On Thursday, the Ridge View Blazers hosted the Region 4-4Afront-running Blythewood Bengals. The Bengals entered the game undefeatedwithin the region at 5-0, and 13-5 overall. Ridge View came in at 1-4 withinthe region, 5-13 overall. In their first meeting this season on March 31st,the Bengals edged Ridge View 2-1 in a pitcher's duel between Megan Marsh andBrooke Dimock.
In this game, the visiting Bengals got on top early, scoring a pair of runs inthe top of the first inning. After Blazer hurler Brooke Dimock got two quickouts to the first two hitters, junior Kelly Owens lined a 2-strike pitch upthe middle for a single, stealing second safely on the next pitch. AfterHillary Stewart was nicked by a pitch on the jersey, and Paige Hartfieldwalked to load the bases, Tiffany Harris grounded a ball up the middle for a2-rbi single. After a quiet 2nd inning, the Bengals increased their lead to3-0 in the third , scoring a run on a Kelly Owens opposite-field triple downthe left field line, and junior 3B Hillary Stewart's rbi-single between 3rdand short.
Meanwhile, the Blazers were held hitless, and runnerless, by Bengal starterKelly Owens, as she faced the minimum 9 batters in the first three innings.The Blazers broke the string in the 4th inning, when junior SS Megan Woodalllined a change-up into left field for a single, but was thrown out attemptingto stretch it into 2-bases when the ball momentarily bounced away from theleft fielder. Freshman 3B Tre Medlin followed with an opposite-field singlebetween first and second, but the Blazers were unable to score in the inning.
The Bengals widened the gap to 5-0 in the 5th inning, scoring a pair of runson 3 hits. Kelly Owens lead off the inning with a sharp liner to center forher third hit of the night (at this point Ridge View is hoping she will opt togo Pro, and forfeit her senior season eligibility). Hillary Stewart thenlined a ball into the right-center field gap for a triple, scoring Owens, thenscored herself when Woodall's relay throw to third 'collided with' the fieldumpire who was setting up to make the call at third base, and bounced away.This unfortunate mishap was the only error of the game for both teams, in anotherwise cleanly played defensive contest.
The Blazers broke the shutout in the home half of the 6th inning, scoring arun to make it a 5-1 game. Megan Woodall lined a 2-out single over first forher second hit, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then scored when TreMedlin lined an rbi-triple into the right-center field gap for her second hitof the game. Blythewood manufactured a run in the 7th to go up 6-1, afterjunior SS Paige Hartfield dropped a bunt towards first for a single, stolesecond, and scored on a wild pitch later in the inning. The Blazers had apair of 2-out singles in the bottom of the 7th from Shatoya White andKatherine Stori, but were unable to push a run across.
The win moves Blythewood to 6-0 in Region 4-4A, comfortably atop the region.The loss for Ridge View moves them to 1-5, setting up a busy week for theBlazers next week with 4 region games including a double-header at SouthPointe on Monday, needing at least a couple of wins as they make a late-seasonplayoff push.
Ridge View 1 Blythewood 6
RV:Megan Woodall - ss (2-3, run)Tre Medlin - 3b (2-3, 3B, rbi)Stephanie Sweatman - 1b (1-3)Shatoya White - rf (1-3)Katherine Stori - cf (1-3)
Blythewood:Paige Owczarczak - 2b (1-4)Bailey Newman - c (1-4)Kelly Owens - p (3-3, 3B, 3 runs, SB)Hillary Stewart - 3b (2-3, 3B, 2 rbi, 2 runs)Paige Hartfield - ss (1-3, run, SB)Tiffany Harris - 1b (3-4, 2 rbi)
WP - Kelly Owens (7 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 8 K, 1 BB)LP - Brooke Dimock (4-11, 7 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 11 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HP)