There could be a changing of the guard in baseball in Rock Hill.
The visiting Bearcats, specifically Logan Cribb, took out some frustrations on the Northwestern Trojans on Wednesday in a 5-0 shutout win. Cribb hit his average, striking out an even dozen Trojans in the complete game victory while only surrendering five hits to move to 4-0 on the season. He also had an RBI single down the left field line the sixth inning to help his own cause and extend the Bearcats' lead to 4-0.
Although this rivalry has gone mostly Northwestern's way for years, new Rock Hill head coach Chris Bates said he hasn't been a part of that. The new coach, who came from AAA powerhouse Riverside in Greenville this year to replace long-time coach Eddie Hill, is now 1-0 in the rivalry.
"This is just another game to us," Bates said. "We've got a region game at Spring Valley on Friday and we're both 3-0. That's gonna be a big game."
This game actually took on more importance than usual in the rivalry as the teams are only scheduled to meet once this year since they are in different regions. Rock Hill moved to 10-1 on the season while the Trojans fell to 6-4.
The Bearcats got the scoring started in the visitor's half of the third after three straight singles from Jesse Brewer, Dylan McCann, and Brantley Rumford loaded the bases with nobody out. Rumford's hit was a bunt that he beat out after pitcher Shane Myers couldn't handle it. Alex Wilson followed with a base hit up the middle off 2nd baseman Stewart Hunt's glove. Two runs scored on the play as the ball trickled into right-centerfield. Josh Bowers followed with a high sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Rumford and Rock Hill led 3-0.
The Trojans didn't threaten to score often, but the closest they came was in the 5th inning. Michael Patrick led off with a double off third baseman Michael Hill's glove and then Cribb walked Myers with a wild pitch that put runners at the corners with nobody out. However, Cribb slammed the door shut sitting down Trojan batters Chris Hyatt, Hunt, and Heath Myers in succession to end the threat.
Rock Hill's Zach Knight also had an RBI single in the 6th to end the scoring.
Cribb said the Bearcats have had to do some adjusting this year to the new coach's style.
"We had to buy in to the new system," Cribb said. "Coach Bates does some things differently but we bought in and starting making plays."
Rock Hill 5
Logan Cribb and Ross Lisee. Shane Myers, Justin Worley (6) and Chris Hyatt. W-Logan Cribb (4-0). L-Shane Myers (2-1). 2B-Michael Patrick (NW).
Leading hitters: Rock Hill-Jesse Brewer 2-3. Northwestern-Chad Smith 2-3.
Records: Rock Hill 10-1, 3-0; Norhtwestern 6-4, 2-1