Triumph through turbulent times

CLEMSON – Ansley Gilstrap’s softball career over the past three years at Clemson has been “strange” – looking back, the Clemson softball veteran from Blythewood doesn’t consider the term “strange” a terrible thing at all. A redshirt season spent making up for credits that did not transfer from USC upstate, a recovery from major brain […]

BHS softball takes region, will host Mauldin to start playoffs

BLYTHEWOOD – When last Tuesday’s thunderstorms pushed Blythewood’s game against Spring Valley to Wednesday, it just delayed the Bengals’ Region 2-5A championship celebration. The Bengals put up 13 runs in the first two innings and held off a Vikings rally to close out a 14-10 victory and the region championship. Two days later, Blythewood walloped […]

Bengal softball falls at Lexington, victorious at Northwestern

LEXINGTON – Three days after Lexington pitcher Riley Ford no-hit Blythewood in a 10-0 loss at Lexington, the Bengals got back into the swing of Region 4-5A with a 17-6, 5-inning romp at Northwestern Tuesday night. The Trojans got off to a 2-0 lead, but Blythewood (12-3, 5-0) countered with a 10-run second inning that […]

Bengal softball crushes Ridge View, Spring Valley

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood softball team scored 34 runs against Region 4-5A rivals Spring Valley and Ridge View in the last week. The Bengals (11-2, 4-0) solidified their hold at the top of the region with a 16-4 rout at Spring Valley Friday, and a 18-1 drubbing at Ridge View Tuesday. Lauren Hardy, who got […]

Blythewood crushes Rock Hill 21-0

WINNSBORO – The Blythewood softball team picked right up where they left off after winning the Soda City Classic April 3. In their first game since that Spring Break Tournament, the Bengals exploded for a 17-run first inning en route to a 21-0 Region 4-5A victory over Rock Hill Tuesday night. Blythewood banged out 11 […]

Blythewood tops Soda City Classic

COLUMBIA – At the end of the six-team Soda City Classic tournament last Saturday, only one team remained: Blythewood. After going 2-0 in pool play with wins over Westwood (16-2) and Ben Lippen (15-0), the Bengals defeated Westwood a second time with a 6-0 final before defeating Spring Valley in the title game. Spring Valley’s […]

Blythewood seniors ink college plans

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood High School recognized five members of the Class of 2021 as they announced their plans to continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level. The five athletes were recognized in a ceremony at the school with family members. Callie Baucom, daughter of Brian and Stacy Baucom, announced her decision to continue her […]

Bengals Softball… put on hold

The Blythewood softball field looked razor sharp this spring. “We spent a lot of time getting the field ready for this year,” head softball coach Jordan Atkinson said. “We had it laser graded and we felt like it was the best the field ever looked in its history. It was awesome.” Likewise, the Bengals softball […]

Blythewood takes two

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood softball team was off to a 5-2 start before the ongoing precautions taken to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus brought prep athletics across the state to a halt. On Sunday, Gov. Henry McMaster ordered all South Carolina public schools closed through March 31. Then on Monday, South Carolina High School […]

Bengals softball falls to Dutch Fork

IRMO – Blythewood softball threw its first pitch of the regular season Monday in Irmo as they faced off against Dutch Fork. Up 2-0 after their first at bat, the Bengals struggled to contain Dutch Fork’s offense as they put up six runs in the first. The Silver Foxes extended the lead 7-2 after two […]