(2008 - 2009) - Softball

vs. Allen County Ky HS,

Date: Apr. 07, 2009
Time: 05:00 PM
Location: Gahagan Park Sports Complex, Summerville

Tuesday, April 7th: Semi-Finals MHS 0 - Allen County Ky HS 1

          R  H  E
MHS       0  7  2
ACHS      1  2  0
LP-A.Bagwell(9-1)10k's
Hitters:K.Corn 3-4;B.Davis 1-4;D.Landers 1-3;
A.Gillentine 1-2;B.Barnhill 1-3
At 4:00 pm Tuesday, the temperature had risen along with the
wind velocity in Summerville.  Adding to the Lady Mavs surprise was that
the much anticipated matchup against State 4A #1 Ranked Stratford had lost
in the quarterfinals.  Thus the semi-final game would be played against the
Patriots of Allen County Kentucky who defeated Stratford earlier 3-0.
Mauldin Coach Joseph Terry finally lost a coin toss and the Lady Mavs would
be visitors in this contest to see who would advance to the tournament
final.  The Hot-hitting Junior centerfielder, Kenzi Corn led off the game
with a single (and she would hit two more before this game was over) but
was caught stealing second before the next two batters grounded out in the
infield to end the inning quietly.  Amelia Gillentine singled sharply to
right in the second inning with two outs but wasnt moved as the other Mav
hitters that inning grounded out to the infirld also.  In the fourth Mav
offensive frame it was Brianna Davis who led off with a single, was
advanced to second by a sacrifice bunt but was left there as the next two
hitters tested the Patriot shortstop who proved more than equal to the
task...the Mavs went quietly in the 5th inning also.
            Allen County was faring no better against Mauldin Ace, Ashley
Bagwell and her defense.  Bagwell struck out 5 and allowed no hits through
four Allen county offensive frames.  An error by Mauldin was erased in the
first inning when Catcher Jordan Stovall caught the Patriot leadoff hitter
attempting to steal second.  In the Patriot 5th, Catcher Taylor Borders got
the first of her two hits with one out but was stranded at first as Bagwell
struck out the next two batters to end the threat.  The Patriots couldnt
muster any offense in the 6th as Jena Westmoreland hauled in a flyout to
left, Gillentine corralled a fly ball in foul territory for the second and
Landers fielded and threw to first to record the third out .  At the end of
5 complete the score was 0 - 0.  Maybe encouragement could be taken in the
fact that Mauldin had 4 hits to Allen County's 1at that point, but that
also points to the fact that Mauldin failed to deliver clutch hits with
runners on and/or were erased on the basepaths at a higher rate than the
Patriots.
            As the 6th inning began, the sun and the temperature were
getting lower,  the wind had not subsided, and this pitcher's duel needed
some action !  The game had been very well played on both sides, but it was
time for one of these teams to take control.  With one out, Kenzi Corn
singled.  Monday's hitting phenom, Brianna Davis, hit into a fielder's
choice that took Corn off of the bases but left her on first.  Landers
singled her to third and then trottingly stole second, hoping to draw a
throw that never came.  With Mav Power hitter Jordan Stovall at the plate,
the Lady Patriot coach changed pitchers, replacing their left-handed
finesse pitcher with a harder throwing righty.  The power-vs-power dual
never materialized as Stovall was intentionally walked to load the bases.
An unintended consequence of the next batter's infield groundout, was
making the Patriot coach seem the successful strategist in getting his team
out of a bases loaded jam.
            Unfortunately and tellingly, Mauldin repeated the feat in the
top of the 7th when Gillentine walked and an out later, Brooke Barnhill and
Jena Westmoreland hit back to back shots that could not be handled by the
Lady Patriot infielders...Bases loaded again, but this time only one out !
A strikeout and a flyout to second broke the Mavs hearts and put Mauldin
out of reach in the "left-on-base" statistical category at 8.  In the
bottom of the 7th, Bagwell struck out the first Patriot hitter and Landers
caught a routine fly for the second.  It seemed as if the game might be
headed towards an international tie-breaker when Bagwell struck the
clean-up hitter on the leg with the second pitch.  Patriot catcher, Borders
then got a hit and the fans in red,white and blue began to make noise.  An
infield error would allow the first runner to score and the lady Mavs would
taste defeat for the first time in the 2009 campaign. Allen County, Ky 1 -
Mauldin 0.