BLYTHEWOOD - On Saturday, Blythewood's Grayson Greiner put Rock Hill into a hole with his arm, pitching a one-hitter in the Class 4A Upper State playoffs opener.
On Wednesday, the junior ended the Bearcats' season with his bat.
His two-run homer to deep left in the bottom of the third launched the Bengals to a 4-0 victory in the elimination game.
"Josh (Bowers) pitched a heck of a game," said Rock Hill coach Chris Bates of his senior, who yielded five hits, walked three and struck out nine. "He made one mistake to Greiner. That's the second home run he's hit to beat us this year."
Greiner's two-run homer in the teams' regular-season finale gave Blythewood a 2-1 win. Wednesday's homer earned the Bengals (16-14) a spot in Friday's Upper State final against Byrnes.
"Greiner is the type of player who isn't going to miss many mistakes," Blythewood coach Barry Mizzell said. "That homer and getting a two-run lead relaxed our guys."
Against Bengals freshman pitcher Thomas Bessinger, Rock Hill (26-7) produced five hits and six runners in the first three innings. All of the runners came with two outs; however, Rock Hill never had a runner reach third.
"The first two innings, he was getting behind hitters, and they hit a few balls hard," Mizzell said. "From the second inning on, he got his curve over for strikes early and was getting ahead in the count."
Rock Hill produced 13 ground-ball outs, and three of its seven fly-ball outs did not leave the infield. The Bearcats' best scoring chance came with two outs and a runner on in the sixth. Zach Knight sliced a ball to the warning track, but left fielder Dan Young made a diving catch going toward the line before sliding head-first into the fence.
"That saved a run and kept another runner out of scoring position," Bates said. "That play gave them all of the momentum."