(2008 - 2009) - Softball

vs. Dorman High,

Date: Mar. 17, 2009
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: Mauldin High School

Photos of Game    

 R  H  E

DHS   0  4  3
MHS   6  10 3 
WP: A. Bagwell(2-0)16k's
Hitting: J. Stovall 1-2,3r HR;D.Landers 2-3,2b;K.Corn 1-
3;J.Westmoreland1-3;A.Gillentine 3b;
B.Davis2-4;Bk.Barnhill 1-4;B.Barnhill 1-3

      After a rainy weekend and no practice since their last outing, the
Mauldin Varsity Softball team welcomed the Dorman Cavaliers from
Spartanburg to Clayton field on the Mauldin campus on a beautiful St.
Patrick's Day evening.  The grass was quite verdant, but no rainbows could
be seen and luck would not play much of a factor in this 4A Region 2
      Mauldin Ace, Ashley Bagwell toed the rubber for the Mavs and struck
out the first 4 Dorman Hitters in the top of the first inning.  Megan
Steading for the Cavaliers reached first on a third strike passed ball but
was stranded there a batter later. It wasnt until 2 infield outs had been
recorded in the second inning that Rachel Thomas of Dorman bounced a hard
ball through the 5/6 hole for a single.  When Bagwell struck out the Dorman
shortstop,  Thomas was also stranded on the basepaths.
      The lady Mavs did some stranding of their own in the bottom of the
first when Brianna Davis lined the first pitch she saw back up the middle
for a hit.  Davis alertly took second on a mishandled pitch.  With 2 outs,
Catcher Jordan Stovall drew a walk but was left thinking what might have
been when Dorman's Nikki Hembree notched a K for the third out.  Mauldin's
second inning started well when Junior Centerfielder, Kenzi Corn punched a
changeup into leftfield and stole second a pitch later.  Senior Captain
Haley Register laid down a nice sacrifice bunt on the second pitch to move
Corn to third.  With the pressure of two outs and a need to score the
leadoff runner, Senior Jenna Westmoreland delivered a first pitch single
back up the middle on a line for an RBI hit scoring Ms. Corn and giving
Mauldin the lead 1-0.
      Bagwell retired the Lady Cavaliers in order in the top of the third,
sandwiching a pair of stikeouts around a Pop to third on an unsuccessful
bunt attempt. In the Mavs half of the third, Middle Schooler Brianna Davis
drilled the first pitch again - this time to left to start a rally.
Sophomore shortstop Dana Landers followed Davis' hit with one of her own
into short centerfield.  Mavs RBI and Homerun leader, Jordan Stovall then
crushed a 1-1 pitch over the left-center field fence for a 3-run dinger and
Mauldin's lead would be extended to 4-0 ... and remain there as the Cavs
Hembree dug in and got the next three Mav hitters in order.
      Feeling better pitching with a lead, the lanky Bagwell struck out the
first two batters she faced in the top of the 4th before two successive
singles were lined up the middle.  It looked like Dorman was primed to
answer Mauldin's power with a rally of their own and Thomas again at the
plate, but Bagwell buckled down and struck out the Cav second baseman to
terminate the threat.  Miss Bagwell was also in control of the visitors 5th
frame, striking out two and watching her catcher Stovall make a diving
catch to blank the Cavs in the 5th.
      The lady Mavs fourth started with promise as Freshman Bria Barnhill
lined a single past the second baseman for a hit.  When Barnhill hesitated
between the bases on a steal attempt her fate was sealed as Dorman Catcher,
Bailey Thornton gunned her down in a close play at the middle sack.
Mauldin's leftfielder battled and earned a 7 pitch walk and stole second to
get into scoring position with 1 out.  Leadoff hitter Brooke Barnhill then
delivered a well placed double on the third base line to score  the fleet
senior from second.  With two outs, Barnhill was driven in when Dana
Landers laced a single into leftfield to score her teammate and the score
would read 6-0 after 4 complete !  Mauldin's 5th frame started with promise
when Junior Amelia Gillentine lifted a long and high fly over the
rightfielder's head and hustled it into a leadoff triple.  Mav
Centerfielder K. Corn then drilled a rope back to the mound, but Cavalier
pitcher Nikki Hembree made a quick reaction and snared the drive for the
first out.   Haley Register then walked and was stealing second when
Gillentine broke for home on a 1st and third play executed well by the
visitors to nail the Mavs 1st baseman at the plate.  the potential rally
fizzled further when the next batter bounced into an infield out
      The Lady Cavs made a little noise in the 6th inning when with 2 outs,
first baseman Abby Ferguson drilled a double to fence in the
left-centerfield gap.  She too was stranded when Bagwell induced the next
batter to pop up a riseball in the infield.   Neither team's last at bats
were impressive for the offense - Mauldin's 6th went 1-2-3 with the power
hitters lined up at 4-5-6.  Bagwell however showed that it wouldnt matter
when she struck out the side in the top of the seventh inning to record an
impressive 16 strikeouts in the outing.  Mauldin's murderers row would not
bat in the seventh as the game was decided in favor of the home Mavericks
in Orange and white after 6 and a half !
      The Mauldin hitters will have to wait until tomorrow to keep up their
good work.  Hits were available for the Mavs on this day - they pounded out
10 including 1 each of all types of extra base hits.  Mavs pitcher bagwell
scattered 4 Dorman hits over her 7 innings of work...not her most
dominating performance but certainly an very good one.  The young Dorman
team was very competitive with the Mavs in two stats neither team should be
proud of - errors (3 apiece)... and leaving runners on base - both teams
stranded 5 and Mauldin might have had 7 ... or some more runs, had it not
been for a couple of baserunning miscues.
      Nonetheless, this was a decent and workmanlike performance by the
lady Mavs and a good start in region play.  They will have to play better
against some of the region's stronger teams, but Dorman has shown some
improvement over the past couple of years and will generate an upset or two
in the region before this 2009 campaign is over.  Congratulations lady Mav
Softballers - Keep up the good work against the Warriors tomorrow at
Riverside starting at 6:00 pm.