Blythewood failed to lend Ridge View a helping hand in Rock Hill on Friday night in the final round of the Region 4-4A baseball. The Bengals fell 3-2 to the host Rock Hill Bearcats 3-2.
The result left Rock Hill and Ridge View, idle on Friday, in a tie for first place at 8-2, and Blythewood with a share of third place with Spring Valley at 6-4. All four teams are playoff bound, but postseason seeding will be broken when the region’s convoluted tie-breaking scenario is definitively determined at some point in the next few days.
The Beacats, who left 10 runners stranded on base against two Blythewood pitchers (seven of them in scoring position), pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Casey Seay drew a bases loaded walk from Bengals reliever Parker Smith.
It was the biggest win in more than 30 years for the long-suffering Bearcats, who reportedly had not won or even shared a region pennant since 1977. Rock Hill (17-5) got a solid, six-inning, five-hit performance from starting pitcher Logan Cribb and Josh Bowers came on to pick up the save with a perfect inning of work in the seventh with two strikeouts.
No matter the outcome of the tie-breaking format, Ridge View and Rock Hill will have home playoff openers on April 30. The tie-breaking winner is the No. 1 seed in District IV, the loser is the No. 2 seed in District II. Blythewood and Spring Valley will both open postseason play on the road.
Final Region 4-4A baseball standings
Ridge View 8-2; Rock Hill 8-2; Blythewood 6-4; Spring Valley 6-4, Lancaster 1-9; South Pointe 1-9.