COLUMBIA, S.C. — One side white and one side green at Segra Park, the home of the Columbia Fireflies, as Dutch Fork and Blythewood meet in the third and final game of the 5A state championship series.
In the end the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes would end up on top with a close 2-1 win over the Benglas.
There were some nerves from this team early on. After a scoreless first inning both teams scored on errors. A passed ball scored the first run for Blythewood and an errant throw to second allowed Dutch Fork to the tie the game going into the third frame.
Then in the top of the fourth Dutch Fork's Crosby Jones gets a hit into right field. But there was some miscommunication in the outfield from the Bengals and Jones' hit is able to bring Noah Jackson home to give Dutch Fork the 2-1 advantage.
Just like game one of this series, which ended in a 2-1 extra innings win for Blythewood, it came down to defense.
Kevin Steelman, the sophomore pitcher for the Benglas, tossed a clutch strikeout with runners on base to end the fifth inning. with a big strikeout to end the 5th.
Then Blythewood left fielder Mike Gregory makes a golden glove catch in left field to keep the game at 2-1 in the sixth inning.
But in Blythewood's last at bat Sam Hatcher shuts it down. Hatcher was the star in game one for Dutch Fork holding Blythewood to one run after 7 innings of work. He channeled that performance again. He struck out three batters including the last two. His strikeout in the bottom of the 7th seals a 2-1 victory.
Dutch Fork wins their first state title in baseball with a game three win over a tough and talented Blythewood team that featured 5A player of the Year John Lanier and pitcher/infielder Landon Lucas.
Dutch Fork countered with the strong arms of Hatcher, Tyler Olenchuk and Doug Webb who go the start in game three.
After the game Dutch Fork head coach Casey Waites said, "I'm living the dream. We're living the dream. We expected to do this a long time ago. To God goes all the glory."
Check out the highlights from Dutch Fork's historic win at Segra Park.