(2008 - 2009) - Softball

vs. Riverside High,

Date: Mar. 12, 2009
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: Mauldin High School

RHS     0  5 1

MHS    10 11 4

WP: A.Gillentine 3k,5h,0r (1-0)
Hitting: J.Stovall,2-3, 3b, 2r HR, 3rbi;D.Landers,3-4, 3r HR,3b 4rbi;H.Register 2-3;K.Corn 3b;
W.Jones, 1-1, 1rbi


      The Mauldin Varsity Softball team hosted Riverside High's Lady
Warriors in its home opener after a long road trip and tight win against a
formidable Nations Ford team on Wednesday.
Junior Amelia Gillentine took the ball and the mound for the Lady Mavs
against the 3A Warriors from Riverside. In the top of the first inning,
riverside managed a hit by Beth Michaels and another baserunner who reached
on a dropped ball error in the Mauldin infield, but Gillentine allowed
neither  past second base, retiring the side with a strikeout, a fly to
center and a groundout to short.
      Mauldin showed no signs of weary travellers syndrome in the bottom of
the first ( they waited until the second and third innings for that) when,
after 8th grader Brianna Davis was struck by a pitch, Sophomore shortstop
Dana Landers and Junior catcher Jordan Stovall drove back to back RBI
triples to the leftfield fence to put the Mavs ahead 2-0. An out later,
Junior Amelia Gillentine helped her own cause by bouncing a hard single
between third and short to score a pinch runner and give Mauldin a 3-0 lead
going into the second.
      Gillentine stayed consistently in and around the strike zone in a
workmanlike pitching performance and retired the next 5 Riverside batters
in order before facing her opposite, Warriors pitcher Beth Michaels again
with 2 outs and no-one on in the third.  Michaels won this battle again by
ripping a line drive into the left centerfield gap for a double.
Gillentine left her too stranded at second by inducing the #3 Warrior
hitter to ground out to the right side of the infield to end the third
inning threat.  In the top of the fourth, Riverside looked to be gaining
confidence in playing the higher ranked 4A school tough and close through
the mid-point of the game.  Lady Warriors Ferotto and Klein hit back to
back singles and advance into scoring position on a bobbled ball behind the
plate.  Gillentine cooly struck out the next batter for the second out and
got the following one to bounce a ball back to the mound to record the
third out and strand two more Warrior runners.
      In the Mavs fourth inning, Junior Kenzi Corn drove a triple into deep
left to start a rally and was driven home by Captain Haley Register with an
RBI single that dropped into the back of the infield.  Register advanced to
second on a Roped single driven into leftfield by Jenna Westmoreland, but
was erased on the next play when called out for obstruction for running
into the Warriors shortstop as a ball hit by Brooke Barnhill approached the
Riverside infielder.  The rally fizzled, but not before the Mavs had
extended their lead to 4-0 after 4 complete.
      In the Warrior half of the fifth inning, Gillentine worked
effectively out of trouble after two more Mauldin infield errors put
runners in scoring position with only one out.  Another bouncer to the
mound and a flyout to rightfielder Brooke Barnhill kept the shutout intact.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Mauldin bats came alive again when Brianna
Davis stung a hard linedrive out to the second baseman and Landers smashed
a single through the left side for a single.  A steal of second would be
unnecessary because former all-region performer Stovall crushed a 1-2 pitch
through the bus parking lot behind right center field for a tape measure
homer - her second of this young season, and her second and third RBIs of
the game.  Clearly a tough act to follow, the next two Lady Mavs hitters
went down quietly, but not until the scoreboard read Mauldin 6, Riverside
      In what would prove to be the lady Warriors last at bat,  Gillentine
continued to work around the plate, rely on her usually solid defense, and
squelch any thoughts of rallies by the opponent.  She gave up a harmless 2
out hit but retired the next batter on an unnassisted groundout to Davis at
first base. Haley Register started the Mauldin 6th inning in style with a
sweet swinging laser into leftfield for a single.  After an out was
recorded, Junior Weslyn Jones was called upon to sacrifice bunt, but put
down such a beauty and reached first so quickly that it could only be
scored a base hit.  Register alertly went to third on the attempt at first,
setting up an easy steal of second base for Jones on the first pitch to
junior Brooke Barnhill.  When Barnhill bounced the next pitch to the
Riverside shortstop in the 5-6 hole, the Mauldin faithful knew she would
never get the throw to first on time, but Jones was cut down trying to
advance to third for the second out.  Riverside might have stopped the
bleeding at one run but an error by their second baseman (Riversides first
and only defensive miscue of the game) put Brianna Davis on first again.
It was to be a dramatic moment for offensive leader Dana Landers when she
drove a 2-0 pitch into the leftcenterfield sky to possibly rival her good
friend's tape measure homer in the 5th.  The obvious game-ending, 3 RBI,
walk-off home run glanced off the cement light pole rendering comparisons
useless. More importantly, when Landers crossed the plate with the Lady
Mavs 10th run of the evening, the Mercy rule was invoked and this home
opener could be put in the books.
      Riverside's young team played valiantly for much of this game, but
the previously lukewarm bats of the Lady Mavs ignited and were the
headliners in this win.  The Lady Mavs totalled 11 hits,   5 of them of the
3 and 4 bag variety.  Amelia Gillentine turned in a very respectable
shutout pitching performance, striking out 3, scattering 5 hits over 6
innings, and not giving up a single walk.  An unsung hero on defense was
again Catcher Jordan Stovall, who continues to call great games and handle
the pitching staff very well for the Lady Mavs while deterring or
eradicating opportunities for opposing runners to advance on the basepaths.
Mauldin has shown improvement in reducing its strikeouts over the last
three games and advancing runners in scoring position in this game, but
still must cut down on defensive errors before embarking on the tougher and
more important Region schedule next week.  Hopefully they will have some
games this weekend at Heritage Park in Simpsonville (weather permitting) to
continue to gel as a team and work out the defensive kinks.
      Congratulations Lady Mav Varsity softballers on an impressive hitting
performance and good luck in the tournament tomorrow and Saturday. Keep
yourselves warm and your bats HOT !!!