Softball: Lady Bengals Sweep Tournament

The Blythewood Lady Bengals softball team (10-2, 4-1) is currently ranked ninth in the state and is the only ranked team out of region IV-4A. On March 16, the Lady Bengals won the Lexington Lady Wildcat tournament for the first time in school history, going 5-0 over the weekend. Blythewood was in trouble early on in the tournament when they trailed Ashley Ridge 6-1. However, in a decisive moment, Jessica Roth smoked a grand slam over the fence to steal the momentum and the Lady Bengals went on to win 8-6. Blythewood would defeat their rival, Spring Valley, in the final game of the tournament to win the championship. .

“We’ve won a big tournament and that was nice,” head coach Michael Ware said. “We feel good about where we are right now.”

The Lady Bengals have won their past two games by a combined score of 40-3. Last Friday, Blythewood defeated Ridge View 20-3 and then followed that up with 20-0 thrashing of Richland Northeast on Tuesday. Roth is the top hitter for the Lady Bengals and is currently hitting .471 with 25 RBIs and seven home runs. Against the Lady Cavaliers, Roth hit two homers to set a new school record for home runs in a season (7). She currently holds the all-time record, as just a junior, with 15 long balls.

Bailey Newman is another offensive star for the Lady Bengals, hitting .474 with 11 runs scored while stealing eight bases. Against the Lady Cavs, Katie Chappell earned the win, allowing just two hits in the complete game shutout. Chappell upped her record to 6-2 and boasts a 1.97 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 54 and two-thirds innings of work. Another top pitcher this season includes. Blythewood began the second round of region play yesterday (March 28) with a home game against Irmo. The Lady Bengals defeated Irmo 13-1 back on March 12.

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