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Rock Hill beats Greenwood in playoffs

Rock Hill wasted no time putting Greenwood away Friday night as the state playoffs continued. The Bearcats pasted the Eagles, 12-2 in six innings, behind a complete-game from starting pitcher Josh Bowers and a four hit night by Alex Wilson.

Rock Hill collected 13 hits and 12 walks. They put the game out of reach with a seven-run third inning.

Brantley Rumford drew a walk to start the third. The Bearcats were issued six base on balls in a wild third inning. Rock Hill scored their seven runs off four hits, three errors, three steals and four wild pitches. They chased Greenwood starting pitcher Alex Rhodes with one out. Nathan Bridges came on and walked four of the six batters he faced.

Rumford led off the first inning with a stand up triple and then scored on Wilson's single. It was the second straight game Rumford has started things with a triple.

Bowers worked easily through the first three innings. Greenwood got back-to-back singles from Cody Dysart and Alex Rhodes with one out in the fourth.

Bowers buckled down to fan the next two batters. The Eagles' would-be hitters could only watch as called third strikes popped into catcher Ross Lisee's mitt. Bowers, a Winthrop signee, whiffed 11 in the game.

"We swung the bats well (Thursday) night," Rock Hill coach Chris Bates said of his team's 11-8 loss to York. "Eight runs should be enough to win most games. We hit well again tonight. We are getting some guys hot at the right time."

Wilson said he hasn't been hitting the ball well lately, but he led the way Thursday. He was 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

"We were glad to get back out here and get another win ... put that loss behind us," Wilson said of the quick turnaround. The game was moved to Friday so as not to interfere Rock Hill's Prom tonight.

Rumford walked four times. Zach Knight, Bowers and Lisee all had multiple hits.

"It was good to bounce back like we did," Bates agreed. "Without a practice there was no negativity and no time to think about that loss."

The win keeps Rock Hill's season going. They will play York on Monday and look to stave off elimination again.

Greenwood finished the season 12-15.

Rock Hill (22-5) is in a similar position to last season. In 2009 the Bearcats had a terrific regular season and won the Region 4-AAAA crown. They were beaten, at home, by Clover and then beat Greenwood.

Clover came back to Rock Hill and beat the Bearcats for the second time in five days.

Clover advanced. Rock Hill was done.

Rock Hill does not want to see a repeat in 2010. The two games with York this season have been high-scoring affairs.

The Bearcats won the first meeting, at The Winthrop Ballpark, 12-10.