Blythwood had an eventful week in Region 4-4A baseball, knocking off Spring Valley on Tuesday before pulling out a 6-5 decision on Friday at Dutch Fork to move into sole possession of first place.
The Bengals (10-2, 6-1) are on a roll, winning seven in a since losing to St. James in the championship game at the International Paper Classic in Georgetown on March 13. Blythewood closed the conference week with a one-game lead over Spring Valley and a two-game edge over Dutch Fork.
Barry Mizzell’s team blew a 5-0 lead vs. DF, but got the winning run in the top of the seventh inning when Brandon Burris raced home on a passed ball.
“We lost big leads in both games (this week), but we found a way to get the wins,” said Mizzell.
Blythewood’s 6-4 win over Spring Valley on Tuesday avenged a loss to the Vikings in the conference opener a month ago, and elevated the team into the No. 2 spot in the Class 4A poll that was released on Friday.
Spring Valley’s week ended the way it began – with a loss. The Vikings (10-4, 7-2) dropped a 5-3 decision at home to Richland Northeast on Friday.
The Cavaliers pulled off the upset behind the pitching of Jason Washburn, solid defensive play and a game-winning home run in the top of the sixth inning by Domineke Albert.
RNE (5-8, 4-4) started the week with a 4-3, 11-inning win against Lugoff-Elgin on Tuesday. Jason Mohn pitched 10 solid innings, but did not figure in the decision. L-E pushed across the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th against two Cavalier relievers. But RNE scored twice in the bottom half to get the win. Albert got things going with a leadoff double, and scored on Kevin Fulmer’s single. Fulmer eventually crossed with the winning run when Justin Voelkel drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Cavaliers are now in a position to challenge Dutch Fork for third place in the region. The win over L-E gave the Cavaliers a sweep of the Demons, which may come in handy when it’s time to sort things out for state playoff seeding.