The Bengals put themselves in the driver seat in Region IV Thursday night as they beat Lugoff Elgin 2-1. A feat they couldn’t accomplish last year. Ashlee Romanik pitched her best game and went all seven innings to notch the win. The Bengals were led by an error free defense.
Kendall Parker hit her first dinger in high school as the ball jumped off her bat in the top of the first and landed at the top of the magnolia trees in left field. This gave the Bengals an early 1-0 lead.
After Lugoff tied the game in the bottom of the first on two hits and a sacrifice bunt the Bengals didn’t buckle under the pressure.
In the top of the fourth inning senior Ashlee Romanick got one of her two hits on the night and Courtney Watts bunted her to second. Then Grace Campbell rocked one off the right field fence for a double to give the Bengals a lead they would never relinquish.
In addition to her 7th inning single, senior Maggie Herrera played flawlessly on defense. She had three assists on the night. Courtney Watts was her usual steady hand at first base with 10 put-outs.
Emily Babbitt continued to perform excellently filling in for injured catcher, Sammy Hall. She allowed zero passed balls. She bounced out of her stance quickly to make a nice play on a bunt in the sixth inning and rifled a throw to first. Kendall Parker made a great catch of the slightly high throw to keep the lead. Right there to backup that throw had it gone wild was right fielder, Savannah Simpson.
Grace Campbell made a “Willie Mays like” catch in centerfield in the last inning with the game tying run on second. She robbed the batter of a double or triple for sure. After catching and colliding with the fence, she then relayed the throw into the infield in time to hold the runner at third and keep the Bengals’ hopes alive.
Erin Goff was a vacuum at third base. She had four assists, one put out and one catch. With the game tying run on third and one out in the last inning, a shot was hit at Erin. She made an awesome stab to stop a hard hit ball and before throwing the batter out at first held the runner on third.
With two outs and the tying run on third, Romanik continued to pound the corners of the plate. A line drive was hit to left. As it started hooking down the line, Faith Manley made an impressive sliding catch to seal the victory for the Bengals.
The team travels to the Byrnes Tournament this weekend to take on the best teams in the state followed by more Region IV action next week versus Spring Valley and Ridge View.