(2008 - 2009) - Softball

vs. Daniel High Pre-Season,

Date: Feb. 24, 2009
Time: 05:30 PM
Location: Mauldin High School

Feb. 24th:

MHS 5 - Daniel HS 0

 LADY MAVS ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS SEASON READINESS - DEFEAT DANIEL

On another cold February Evening, the Mauldin High Lady Mavericks Softball Team held a pre-season scrimmage game against the 3A Western Conference Daniel Lions of Pickens County.  Although the same cannot be said for the weather or the field area, the Mauldin High Softball diamond and outfield was in excellent condition to play host to its first game ofthe season, thanks to the hard work of Softball Coach Joseph Terry and Baseball Coach Todd Robinson.
      In the top of the first inning, Mauldin Ace Ashley Bagwell andbattery-mate Jordan Stovall made short work of the Lady Lion top of theorder, striking out the first batter, and inducing the third to hit a lazyfly to shortstop Dana Landers.  The second batter walked, but was erased trying to steal second when gunned down - Stovall to Landers to end the inning.  The lady Mavs scored first after Junior Kenzi Corn walked and Freshman Bria Barnhill bunted her to second base ... however, good speed and the well placed bunt allowed Barnhill to reach first safely.  With one out, Junior catcher and cleanup hitter, Jordan Stovall, was grazed by an inside pitch to load the bases.  Senior Captain Haley Register then lifted a long and high sacrifice fly to rightfield which scored Corn. Several pitches later, Bria Barnhill scored on a passed ball and at the end of the 1st, the Lady Mavs posted a 2-0 score advantage.
      Bagwell retired the heart of the Lions order in sequence in the top of the second inning, and the Mavs were quickly back on offense trying to build on their lead.  8th grader Brianna Davis lined a single to right and then took second on a passed ball.  Brooke Barnhill then took the base on balls served up by Daniel's hard throwing middle school pitcher, Carley Hoover.  With Friday's batting leader, Jenna Westmoreland at the plate, Davis scored and the elder Barnhill took second on another passed ball error on the Daniel catcher.  On the next pitch, Westmoreland ripped a shot up the middle that struck Hoover in the back of the arm and caromed fortuitously to the second baseman who was able to corral the ball and record the out at first while Barnhill moved to third.  The robust Hoover recovered quickly and struck out the next two Mav hitters, but not before Mauldin's lead had grown to 3-0 after two complete.
      In the top of the third, Bagwell gave up the only hit the Daniel teamwould muster - a slow roller between third and short that the runnerscarcely beat out after a charging scoop and throw by shortstop Landers. Bagwell struck out the next batter and then was aided by Third baseman Haley Register's great diving catch in foul territory of an attempted sacrifice bunt for the second out.  The next batted ball bounced once back to Bagwell who threw to first baseman Amelia Gillentine to retire the Daniel side.  In the Lady Mavs half of the third, with one out, Sophomore co-captain Dana Landers drew a walk and two pitches later, was standing dirty and alert on third base after a pair of stolen bases. Before the second out was recorded, Landers scored on a wild pitch
and the score was Mauldin 4 - Daniel 0.
      Daniel's offensive fourth and fifth innings went quickly and familiarly, as three successive batters in the fourth inning hit ill-advised grounders to Register at third who gunned them down in order. In the fifth, the 2008 all-state pitcher, Bagwell, took matters into her own hands and struck out the side. Mauldin's fourth wasnt much for excitement either, as a strikeout was followed by a walk, a fielders choice and a groundout to second. The Lady Mavs fifth started with a Bagwell strikeout, but the Mauldin pitcher alertly hustled to first when the Daniel catcher dropped the third strike. Pinch runner Ebony Edwards reached second
on a sacrifice bunt by leadoff hitter Kenzi Corn.  After a strikeout, all region performer Dana Landers drilled a hard RBI single up the middle to score Edwards and put the Mavs on top 5-0.
      The final score would not change as Bagwell struck out 4 of the final 6 Daniel batters with a little help from Landers, Register, and 1st baseman Elizabeth Renwick in the 6th and 7th innings. The Mavs 6th inning failed to inspire or change the score as 2 more Mavs struck out and a third walked but was caught stealing second...failing to slide in the process. Nonetheless, the 5-0 Mavs win was decisive and encouraging... Bagwell was dominant on this Tuesday evening, allowing only one hit and one walk against 10 strikeouts.  Mauldin did not commit a single error and did not allow a Daniel runner to reach second base !    Offensively the Lady Mavs got several timely hits and ran the bases aggressively and successfully (for the most part) taking advantage of 5 Lady Lion errors to score 3 of their 5 runs. D.W. Daniel will be a factor in the Upstate 3A playoff race this season, but our Lady Mav softball team can expect tougher competition in 4A Region 2 and from the likes of non-Region opponents Wren and Nations Ford.  To contend for a postseason berth and more, the Mauldin High Varsity girls are going to have to cut down on their strikeouts and make more consistent hard contact.  With that said, it is still the pre-season with temperatures still in the 30's at gametime ... and the Lady Mavs have 2 more weeks and 3 Pre-season games to work out the kinks and get into regular season form.
      Next up is another tri-team scrimmage this Saturday, Feb 28th when Mauldin plays host to Traveler's Rest and Belton-Honea Path starting at 10:00 am.  Bring your hats, gloves, noisemakers, and blankets to come support our Lady Mav Softballers at Clayton Field on the Mauldin High Campus.