Blythewood’s Megan Marsh did not draw the starting pitching assignment on Wednesday night against Dutch Fork, but the senior right-hander ended up setting a new school record with 18 strikeouts in the Bengals’ 4-3, eight-inning, non-region win.
The Silver Foxes jumped on starter Kelly Owens in the first inning, forcing Blythewood manager Bucky Ware to summon Marsh from the pen with just one out in the opening frame. Owens was charged with all thee runs. Marsh went the rest of the way – 7 2/3 innings – while allowing no runs and just two hits. The 18 whiffs shattered the existing single-game mark of 14 posted by Jordan Banks in a 2007 game against A.C. Flora.
The Bengals got one run back in the second when Lori Owens plated Paige Hartfield with a double, and tied it up in the third courtesy of a solo home run by Hillary Stewart (her second) and Jennifer Jameson’s two-out, RBI single that scored Hartfield.
Blythewood got the winner in the eighth. Kelly Owens opened the frame with a single, and eventually scored on a hit by Paige Owczarczak.