(2008 - 2009) - Softball

vs. Azalea Invitational Tourney,

Date: Apr. 08, 2009
Time: 09:00 AM
Location: Gahagan Park Sports Complex, Summerville

Wednesday, April 8th: 3rd Place Game MHS 2 - Summerville HS 0
         R  H  E  
MHS   2  7  2
SHS   0  2  3
Hitters:K.Corn 3-4,2b;D.Landers 1-3;H.Register 1-2;
A.Gillentine 1-3;B.Barnhill 1-3

            Credit the Lady Mavs resiliency, coaching, and team chemistry,
but with smiles on their faces and the sun shining late Wednesday morning,
the Lady Mavs would line up as visitors against tourney hosts, the
Summerville Green Wave, in a consolation game that would settle 3rd and 4th
place in the tournament's top division. 2008 All-state pitcher, Ashley
Bagwell, was near top form again on this day, striking out 11, scattering 2
hits and 3 walks, and shutting out the popular home team in bright green
and gold. The question was and would be..."will the Lady Mavs bounce back
from Tuesday's  disappointment and get the needed clutch hits and score ?"
For two innings the answer appeared to be "no" as the Green Wave's pitcher
struck out 5 of the first 7 batters she faced.  Only Sophomore Dana Landers
and Junior rightfielder Brooke Barnhill escaped the dropballers' lure with
a walk and a line drive out, but the scoreboard told the same story ...0 -
0 !  In Mauldin's third inning, kenzi Corn broke through with a  hit and a
stolen base with 2 outs, but a strikeout behind her left her stranded.
After 3 complete the linescores were similar...1 hit per team.  The Lady
Mavs had left two stranded on scoring position, Summerville 1.
      In the Lady Mavs fourth, Landers led off with a hit, but was forced
out on a fielder's choice behind her.  With Pinch-runner Jessica Lyles
aboard and one out, Senior captain Haley Register drew a walk.  The next
batter advanced the runners to third and second respectively with a
groundout to short, but with two outs and two on, Mauldin needed a hero !
That person would come to the plate as Junior  Brooke Barnhill.  The
rightfielder looped a topspinning single in front of the charging
centerfielder that scored both Lyles and Register with what would prove the
only runs of the game.
      Bagwell continued to dominate the Greenwave offense in the 5th and
6th, when... in spite of a throwing error by shortstop Dana Landers trying
to gun out the speedy leadoff slapper and a walk, the threat was ended with
yet another strikeout.  In the sixth, with the leadoff batter on third with
no outs, Junior Amelia Gillentine checked the runner and made an unassisted
play at first and Bagwell struck-out the next two to dash the local's hopes
of a comeback rally.
      Mauldin got hits in the latter innings from Gillentine, Register, and
two more from Corn  (including a double) but could not generate any more
runs in this game. Fortunately, neither could the host team in the seventh.
Bagwell struck out 2 and fielded a grounder and threw to first to get the
games final out.  Mauldin 2 - Summerville 0.
      A 4-1 record and third place finish over the 3 days in Summerville
against top division opponents is nothing to hang heads about.  Its a
better result than last year, better than all but 2 of 27 teams in the
tournament,  and the best of any schools from South Carolina. Sure, it is
tempting to think about what might have been with one more clutch hit among
a handful of opportunities, or with one less walk or error, .... but
coulda, shoulda, woulda - FORGETABOUTTIT !  The bigger prize is still out
there.  The Lady Mavs have more work and learning to do .... and a more
important test this Friday at Byrnes High school in Duncan against the
similarly situated, once-defeated, and tied for first place in the region,
Lady Rebels.