(2008 - 2009) - Softball

vs. Dorman High,

Date: Apr. 15, 2009
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: Dorman High School


Wed. April 15th: #1 MHS 3 - Dorman 0
       R  H  E
MHS  3 10  1
DHS  0  2  2
WP: A.Gillentine(3-0)6k's
Hitters: K.Corn 2-4;B.Davis 1-3;D.Landers 1-4;
J.Stovall 2-2;H.Register 1-2;A.Gillentine 1-3;
B.Barnhill 2-3
  Finally under a beautiful sky on Wednesday evening on the lovely
campus of Dorman University, the Lady Maverick Varsity Softball team
visited Region 2 opponent, the Dorman Lady Cavaliers. In spite of the
impressive surroundings and weather, the Lady Mavericks were less than
impressive offensively in a game that they needed to and were expected to
win.  Other than a 4th inning throwing error to first base, no fault can be
found with the pitching performance of starter Amelia Gillentine who threw
a 2 hit shutout against the Dorman squad and allowed no walks.  Her defense
was equal to the task also, playing solid behind her.  As a matter of
statistical record , the Lady Mavs were not ineffective at the plate
either, rapping 10 hits in 27 at bats, but it seems that once on the
basepaths the Mauldin Softballers were their own nemesis on this evening.
      Kenzi Corn led off the top of the first with a beautiful drag bunt
hit, but was caught stealing a pitch later when it appeared that there was
confusion on a sign to the next batter.  After the runner was erased by
Dorman's catcher, Bailey Thornton,  the next two batters flew out to right
and grounded out to short to end a harmless offensive half inning.  The
Lady Cavs werent able to do any better in their half of the first,
grounding out to Gillentine and twice to Senior third baseman, Haley
Register.  Gillentine retired the Home squad in order in the bottom of the
second and third innings also, as centerfeilder Kenzi Corn collected a line
drive fly out and  first baseman Elizabeth Renwick tallied assists on
infield groundouts to second baseman Bria Barnhill, shortstop Dana Landers,
Gillentine from the mound and another by herself unnassisted. Gillentine
and Junior catcher Jordan Stovall combined for a strikeout to end the
Dorman second inning.
      Mauldin's top of the second inning saw the leadoff runner get aboard
with a hit through the 5-6 hole by Jordan Stovall.  Captain Haley Register
laid down a nice sacrifice bunt to move the courtesy runner, Weslyn Jones
to second.  After a flyout to right, Junior rightfielder Brooke Barnhill
deposited an RBI single into leftfield and quickly took second as the ball
was mishandled by the Dorman leftfielder as Jones crossed the plate.  The
Lady Mavs left the elder Barnhill on second in the second, and could muster
no more than a two out walk to Brianna Davis in the top of the third.
Sophomore Dana Landers followed with a loud and long fly to centerfield
that had too much sky under it and wind against it and it was tracked down
and caught by Dorman centerfielder, Mackenzie Smith.
      Jordan Stovall led off the Mauldin top of the 4th by being hit with
the second pitch.  Register followed with a line drive hit into left-center
moving courtesy runner, Weslyn Jones, to second. Two consecutive fielder's
choice outs were recorded next when Jones collided with the Dorman
shortstop and was called out for interference, then the same fielder
corralled another lazy grounder and threw to third to force out Register.
A six pitch strikeout with two runners on ended the threat and chance to
break this game open in the fourth.  Dorman still couldnt solve Gillentine.
The junior pitcher and first baseman struck out the leadoff batter  in the
bottom of the fourth and then charitably made a poor throw when the #2
hitter tried to bunt her way aboard.  Junior rightfielder Brooke Barnhill
felt no charity for the next batter as she charged forward and caught a fly
in short right and gunned to first to complete a double play, catching the
runner too far off first in anticipation that her teammate had found a hole
in the Mauldin defense - her teammate had not, and she thought about her
miscalculation and Barnhill's excellent play as she trotted back to the
home dugout to retrieve her glove.
      In the top of the 5th inning, Mauldin continued the theme of "some
hitting and faulty running", when Kenzi Corn laced a whistling one out
single back up the middle but was called out a pitch later for leaving
first base too early.  The top of the 6th was a little better...Dana
Landers smashed a hard drive between the wickets of the Dorman third
baseman. Stovall followed with a base-on-balls to put two on with no outs.
Looks like a rally, but the sacrifice bunt and run is thwarted when the
attempt is popped up to the pitcher who throws to first to double off the
catcher's courtesy runner, Jones, for the second out. Fortunately for the
Lady Mavs, Amelia Gillentine came to the plate and helped herself with an
insurance run when she looped a hit over the second baseman to score
Landers, who had reached third on a Dorman passed ball two pitches earlier.
Brooke Barnhill beat out an infield single before the rally ended too soon
on a third to first groundout.  in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Cavs
continued to come up empty against the workmanlike and effective pitching
of Gillentine.  She struck out 2 in the sixth and induced a groundout to
Bria Barnhill at second.
      In Mauldins final at-bat it appeared that the longest hitting streak
of the season might come to an end when the first two batters struck-out
and grounded out with Dana Landers (owner of an 18 game  hitting streak in
2009 to this point ) 0 for 3 and on deck.  Brianna Davis then rapped a
single to right center to give Landers one more chance... The Sophomore
co-captain didnt squander the opportunity and drove a hit into leftfield to
extend her personal streak to 19 games and more importantly move her
teammate into scoring position.  Jordan Stovall drove the first pitch she
saw hard through the middle of the infield and into center to score Davis,
but  Landers was seen by Thornton aggressively trying to reach third on the
throw to the plate. She stayed alive nimbly in a pickle but was tagged out
diving back to second base to end the inning.
      In the last chance for the Lady Cavs, Gillentine needed only to
prevent a multi-run rally to preserve her third and the team's 5th Region
and 14th 2009 regular season victory.  Dorman's Thornton crunched a one out
hit just over the leaping shortstop and into leftcenterfield, but could
only watch from first as her teammates struck out and popped out to Brooke
Barnhill in right to end the game.  Mauldin 3 - Dorman 0.
      This victory must be credited to a fine pitching performance by
Amelia Gillentine, solid defense, and good hitting by Stovall, Corn, and
Brooke Barnhill who each had a pair of hits in the contest.  Davis,
Landers, Register, and Gillentine each also contributed hits to the cause,
but the story and lesson to be learned was on the basepaths...Mauldin
stranded 7 runners in the contest, but more tellingly made another 6 outs
ON the basepaths via a combination of sub-par alertness, decision-making,
missed signs, and lack of bunting execution.  The talented Mauldin Varsity
Softballers may get away with that against some opponents, but must improve
in that area to be competitive in May...and possibly against tomorrows
opponent - arch Rival and region foe, the Hillcrest Rams, who (along with
their JV team) will visit Mauldin's Clayton Field Thursday evening
beginning at 5:00 pm