(2008 - 2009) - Softball

vs. Boiling Springs High,

Date: Mar. 24, 2009
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: Mauldin High School

Mauldin Hits Boiling Springs Hard! - Ashley Bagwell Pitches No-Hitter 

          R  H  E

BSHS  0  0  2
MHS   6  14 1
WP:A.Bagwell(5-0)14k's, No-Hitter
Hitters:K.Corn 2-4;B.Davis 2-4,2rHR;D.Landers 1-4;
J.Stovall 2-4;H.Register 1-2;Bk.Barnhill 1-2;
A.Gillentine 1-2;A.Bagwell 2-3,2b;J.Westmoreland 1-3

On an overcast Tuesday evening,  4A Region 2 opponent Boiling Springs
brought their 1-1 region record to Clayton Field on the Mauldin High Campus
to face the undefeated Lady Maverick Varsity Softball team.  Unfortunately
for the lady bulldogs, Ashley Bagwell is pitching very well and would be in
the circle against the ladies in Black.  To draw out each Lady Bulldog at
bat in the top half of each inning would be redundant, but suffice it to
say that Miss Bagwell brought her "A game" to this contest, striking out 7
of 9 the first time through the boiling Springs order while retiring all 9
in order through 3 innings.  The 4th and fifth innings followed suit, as
Bagwell struck out 2 more in the 4th and got help from her defense to
retire three straight again in the 5th. Bagwell was en route to another
perfect game through 5 innings - averaging just over 10 pitches per inning
while allowing no hits, no walks, no baserunners, and amassing 9 strikeouts
to that point !
      The question was, "would the lady Mavs Offense give Bagwell the
needed run support ?" ...and if so, how long would she have to wait for it
?  The answer came quickly and emphatically off the bat of 8th grade
designated hitter Brianna Davis in the top of the first inning after
Leadoff hitter Kenzi Corn reached first on an error by the Bulldogs
shortstop and then stole second base two pitches later.   Down 0-2 in the
count, Davis crushed the third pitch just over the left-centerfield fence
for a 2 run dinger !  A tough act to follow, the next batter laced a line
drive out to the second baseman and then Jordan Stovall beat out an infield
hit with one out.   Always aggressive, the Mauldin pinch runner (for the
catcher) was gunned down at second by the hard throwing Paige Bolding of
Boiling Springs for the second out.  Senior Captain Haley register drew a
walk and Junior rightfielder Brooke Barnhill was hit by a pitch to put 2 on
with 2 out.  Junior First baseman Amelia Gillentine then dropped a single
into short left field and Register circled third towards home upon
receiving the wave of her coach...but the two changed their minds when a
great throw beat her to the plate.  Register hustled back to third where
Barnhill was also sliding safely.  Neither were tagged but with two Lady
Mavs on the same base, the third out was correctly called and the lady Mavs
had run their first inning rally to an end.  Mauldin 2, Boiling Springs 0.
      The Mavs bats stayed hot enough in the next two innings also as
Senior Jenna Westmoreland got a hit in the second with a runner aboard. The
pinch runner was forced out at third on a fielders choice, before Brianna
Davis collected a single to accompany her first Varsity homer.  With bases
loaded      and 1 out, Dana Landers hit a frozen rope into centerfield, but
it was caught by a tall and leaping Alayne Page for the Bulldogs. Boiling
Springs then made it a double play when Page threw Westmoreland out at the
plate easily on an attempt that appeared ill-advised.
      Undaunted and unthreatened to this point by the Bulldog attack,
Mauldin stayed aggressive on offense in the bottom of the third.  Jordan
Stovall laced a single into left to start the inning.  Her pinch runner had
to return to the dugout again when the next batter grounded into a fielders
choice out.  Trying to get a runner in scoring position, Mauldin tried
again to steal second, but Bolding, the lady bulldog catcher was on target
again and sent Register to the dugout as well.  Brooke Barnhill slapped a
single into leftfield, but was stranded when the third out was recorded in
the Boiling Springs infield.
      Mauldin's fourth inning would prove a break-through and not show
anymore baserunning blunders while the Lady Mavs bats remained Hot !
Having chased the Bulldogs starting pitcher, Brittney Smith with 7 hits in
3 innings, the Mauldin softballers wasted no time initiating her reliever,
Megan Bauss.  Ashley Bagwell drilled a chalk lifter down the third baseline
into the leftfield corner for a leadoff double.  Westmoreland followed the
double with a single up the middle and a stolen base.  Kenzi Corn then hit
an infield single to load the bases for the hot-hitting Davis.  The hot
hitting DP missed this time and bounced into a fielder's choice that forced
Ebony Edwards (running for Bagwell) out at the plate.  Sophomore Shortstop,
team average and RBI leader, Dana Landers, then drove the first pitch she
saw on a hard line just right of center to score Westmoreland and Corn.
Jordan Stovall drove in Davis on a close play infield out and Register
followed with a single to center after a 9 pitch battle to score Landers.
An out would follow, but not before the lady Mavs posted 4 more runs and
had a 6-0 advantage after 4 complete.
      The Lady Bulldogs meanwhile tried many ways to get on base against
Bagwell but neither aggressive swings early in the count, nor patience at
the plate paid off for the Boiling Springs ladies.  They tried bunting and
switch hitting - all to no avail.  Their only baserunner of the game was
unearned in the top of the 6th - thanks to a miscue between the shortstop
and first baseman of the Mauldin defense on what appeared to be a routine
ground out.  The bulldogs runner would not advance beyond first however as
Bagwell struck out the next two hitters to retire the side.  Her perfect
game would be history at that point but the no-hit shutout well intact.
      Bagwell collected her second hit of the evening in the bottom of the
fifth, but her pinch runner was erased in an easy double play when
Westlmoreland lined out to short with the runner well on her way to second.
Mauldin's bottom half of the 6th also produced runners but no runs.  Corn
lined a hard shot to the shortstop for the first out before Davis stroked
her third hit of the evening, just beyond  the Bulldog third baseman's
outstretched glove.  Another fielders choice and another groundout would
end the Mauldin 6th.
      There would be no need for the lady Mavs to hit in the seventh as
Bagwell continued to baffle the Boiling Springs hitters.  She struck out
the first two in the top of the 7th and induced a groundout to second
baseman Bria Barnhill to finish the game.  Bagwell would cement this almost
perfect no hitter with 14 strikeouts and no walks facing one more than the
minimum 21 batters.  It was another truly outstanding performance for the
Mauldin Ace.
      Besides a handful of missed signs and baserunning blunders, the
Mauldin offense was potent and had one of its most productive outings !
Every starter had at least one hit as the Lady Mavs posted 14 hits in 6
innings to match Bagwell's strikeout total.  This was an important although
blemished win.  The lady Mavs can be proud of their hitting and pitching.
Catcher Jordan Stovall called another excellent game behind the plate and
Bagwell executed flawlessly.  The offense hit in every inning and put
runners in scoring position in all but 2 of their half innings.  Mauldin's
ladies hit well, hustled, and kept pressure on the visitors every inning
and exposed both strengths and weaknesses in themselves and their opponent.
The aggressiveness on the basepaths needs to be tempered with good
decision-making and preparation, but it was another convincing effort and
satisfying win for this Mauldin Lady maverick Softball TEAM !