(2008 - 2009) - Softball

vs. Nation's Ford High,

Date: Mar. 11, 2009
Time: 07:00 PM
Location: Nation's Ford High School

Photos of game

MHS 3 R, 6 H, 2 E   Nation Ford 1 R, 5H, 0E

MHS Stats: Amelia Gillentine 2 run HR; Dana Landers 2-4; Brooke Barnhill 1-3, 1 RBI. 

Winning Pitcher:  Ashley Bagwell, 13 K's, 1BB, 5 hits allowed. (5-0)


      The Mauldin High Softball teams travelled to Fort Mill, SC  to kick
off their regular seasons against the Falcons of Nations Ford High.  Coach
Caroline Smith's JV team started the evening in the right direction by
defeating Nations Ford 2-0 behind a strong pitching performance by Cheryl
      Shortly after 7:00 pm, the Varsity squads took to the field with the
Lady Mavs hoping to build on the momentum begun by the Junior varsity.
Dana landers started things off for the visiting Mavs with an infield
single down the third base line. The sophomore stole second a couple of
pitches later to get into scoring position, but an infield fly failed to
advance her and made two outs. Next, the Mavs hottest hitter from the
Crescent scrimmage, Kenzi Corn, came to the plate to try and drive in the
run.  The Falcons pitcher seemed not to want to give the Mavs Junior
anything appetizing to swing at and quickly the count was 3-0.
Instinctively, aggressively, and erroneously ... when the next pitch went
into the dirt, Landers broke for third base, but the Falcons catcher gloved
the ball on a hop and threw hard and well to third to catch Landers
attempting the ball four steal of third base to end the top of the first
inning without a Mavs score.
       Not worried, Mavs Ace Ashley Bagwell took to the mound for the Lady
Mavs and proceeded to strike-out the Falcons lead-off hitter...and then
after a throwing error put the second batter on first, the Mauldin Junior
struck-out the third hitter and induced the clean-up hitter to fly out to
leftfielder Jenna Westmoreland to end the threat.  Bagwell would retire the
Nations Ford side in order in the bottom of the second as well with 2 more
strikeouts and an infield pop-up to second baseman Bria Barnhill.
      In the Mauldin half of the second inning, Senior captain Haley
Register lead off with a line drive single over the shortstop.  After a
Lady mavs strike-out, Register stole second base and was in scoring
position when Amelia Gillentine lifted a fly to center.  The ball was
caught and Register unable to advance, but Junior Brooke Barnhill drilled a
two-out short-hopper off of the Falcon's first baseman to score Register on
the play before the Mauldin side was retired.  Mauldin 1, Nations Ford 0
after two complete.
      Mauldins top of the third started with a walk and a stolen base by
Bria Barnhill but the freshman was left stranded by her teammates.  The
Lady Falcons third inning began in familiar Bagwell fashion - a "K" for the
first out.  But next, the opposing pitcher lined a double down the
right-field line in what would be the only hard hit the Falcons would get
off of the wiry and wily Bagwell.  Nations Ford sacrificed Hammond to third
before Bagwell recorded another strike-out to retire the side.
      The real fun began in Mauldin's offensive half of the fourth.
Register led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second on a beautiful
bunt by DH Brianna Davis.  Then Amelia Gillentine crushed Hammond's second
pitch to deep left , between the scoreboard and left-field foul pole for a
two run Homer !  As Gillentine trotted the bases towards the plate and her
celebratory teammates, the scoreboard slowly advanced the visitors score to
3, while the home side continued to read "0".   a couple of batters later,
with 2 outs, Jenna Westmoreland beat out an infield single and stole second
but was left in scoring position and with a good vantage point to see the
short to first putout which would end Mauldins fourth.
      Bagwell, fueled by the run-support, struck-out the first two Falcons
she faced in the bottom of the fourth before yielding a pair of infield
hits.  They too were stranded when Mauldin's Ace struck out her 9th of the
evening.  Mauldin's fifth and sixths at bats were uninspiring sequences,
highlighted only by a second base-on-balls earned by Kenzi Corn.  In the
Lady Falcons half of the 5th, Bagwell whiffed the first two batters she
faced before another infield hit and a walk put Nations Ford runners on the
first two bases .  Cooly, Bagwell faced the Lady Falcons athletic third
hitter and got her to ground out meekly to second.  She retired the Lady
Falcons in order in the bottom of the 6th as well, with a little help from
her infield as Landers and Gillentine combined to erase two of the Falcon
batter-runners sandwiched around an 11th strikeout of the night by the
deceptive Miss Bagwell.
      The Lady Mavs made a little noise in the top of the seventh when Bria
Barnhill walked for the second time in the game with one out and Landers
followed with a smash off the Falcon third baseman for an infield hit.
Landers was then retired by a fielders choice for the second out. The
younger Barnhill made it to third on the play, and attempted a swipe of
home on a passed ball but was called out when the catcher retrieved and
fired the errant ball to the lanky Falcon relief pitcher who successfully
blocked the plate and applied the tag to the charging Freshman.  Mauldin
had posted 3 runs in their 7 offensive sequences, and would now have to
lock down three more  Lady Falcons to secure their first regular season win
of 2009 !
      In the bottom of the seventh, Nation's Ford seventh hitter, wearing
number 17 blooped a single in front of Mauldins #7 - leftfielder (position
#7) Westmoreland.  It was clearly luck, but effective enough at announcing
that the Falcons would not go quietly.  After Landers fielded and threw out
the next batter at first, The Falcons coach demonstrated a preference to
simply score when  the next batter successfully dropped a squeeze bunt
sacrifice down the first base line for an RBI...and a second out.  After a
throwing error put the tying run in scoring position, Bagwell struck out
one more Falcon to preserve the Win for the Lady Mavs, 3-1.
      The scoreboard and linescore tell a story of a closer game than it
actually was.  Mauldin outhit the Falcons 6 to 5, ...and ... recorded more
errors 2 to 0.  The biggest and timeliest  hit was easily Gillentine's, but
the headliner was Ashley Bagwell, who scattered 5 hits over 4 different
Falcon innings while striking out 13 ladies in Black, to only one walk
for the seven inning outing.  Congratulations Ashley and to Coaches Terry
and Hall for their inaugural regular season win at Mauldin !
       Come support our Lady Mavs in their home opener tonight against
Riverside starting at 6:00 pm on Clayton field ! Go Lady Mavs !!!