The zeros keep coming at Blythewood

03/21/2013 11:42 AM

03/21/2013 11:49 AM

Blythewood’s pitching staff keeps dealing zeros.

The Bengals improved to 8-3 with a five-inning, 15-0 win on Wednesday at Brookland-Cayce. It was the third straight shutout by Blythewood pitching, the fifth in seven regular season games.

The Bengal pitching staff carries a 21-inning scoreless streak into Friday’s Region 4-4A clash at home against neighboring Ridge View.

Three pitchers combined for the truncated but official shutout at B-C – allowing two Bearcat hits while striking out nine with no walks issued. Jacob Davis started and went three innings to pick up the win. He fanned six and served up just one hit.

The impressive streak began with a 5-0 win over Rock Hill in the regular-season opener on March 6 in the wake of a 2-2 showing at the preseason Red Bank Invitational tournament. During the 6-1 surge, including a 3-0 run in region games, Blythewood’s pitching staff has compiled some astounding statistics. Bengal pitchers have posted a microscopic 0.29 ERA with an eye-opening 0.49 WHIP. The WHIP is the average number of hits allowed and walks issued per inning. During the seven-game span and 48.2 innings of work, Bengal hurlers were responsible for only 21 hits and three walks. Similarly, the SO/BB ratio is off the charts, as well, at 18.67 – based on 56 strikeouts by the staff and just three bases on balls.

The great run began with a combined shutout by Zack Hamilton and Allen Louthian. Hamilton later added a four-hit region shutout against Lugoff-Elgin to improve to 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts with no walks in 12 innings of work. Andrew Beckwith is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in the regular season, ringing up 25 whiffs with no free passes in 20 innings on the hill. Hamilton has allowed eight hits, Beckwith 11.

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