(2008 - 2009) - Softball

vs. Spartanburg High,

Date: Apr. 20, 2009
Time: 07:00 PM
Location: Mauldin High School

Monday, April 20th: MHS 10 -  Spartanburg HS 0
      R  H  E
SHS  0  1  4
MHS 10  8  1
WP:A.Gillentine(4-0)6k's; Save K.Corn 3k's
Hitters:K.Corn 1-2;D.Landers 2-3,2b,3b;J.Stovall 2-2,3b;
A.Gillentine 1-2,3b;B.Barnhill 1-1;J.Westmoreland 1-1
On a good night to get healthy in a number of ways, the Mauldin
Varsity Softball team played host to the lady Vikings of Spartanburg High
on Monday evening.  After watching the JV team Vanquish their Viking
opposites 19-0 in 2.5 innings.  Junior Amelia Gillentine toed the Rubber
for the Lady Mavs in their Grey and Orange against the athletic but
inexperienced Vikings.  Gillentine pitched 3 innings of shutout softball
against the Ladies from Downtown Spartanburg, striking out 6 in her 3
innings of superb work and allowing only one free pass on a hit batsman in
the third.  That lone runner through three innings was left stranded on
first as Gillentine fanned 3 lady Vikes in that third inning.
      The Lady Mavs scored early, often, and in each of their 4 at bats.
In the first inning, Junior centerfielder Kenzi Corn hit a single and stole
second base.  With one out, Sophomore Dana Landers stroked a triple over
the leftfielder's head to drive in Corn.  The Maverick shortstop scored a
pitches later on a passed ball.  Junior catcher Jordan Stovall matched
landers feat. clanging the fence with a towering drive just left of
centerfield. Stovall also scored a few pitches later on a passed ball.  in
the Mauldin 2nd inning, Junior Rightfielder Brooke Barnhill led off with a
hit through the infield and into leftfield and took second on an errant
throw back into the infield.  An out later, she was driven home by a single
off the bat of Senior leftfielder, Jena Westmoreland.  The speedy
Westmoreland stole second and third and would cross the plate on another
Kenzi Corn hit.  After 2 complete the score was Mauldin 5 - Spartanburg 0.
      In the bottom of the third, Jordan Stovall led off and took the first
pitch on the thigh, then moved to first base.  After a fielders choice
allowed Stovall to get her gear back on and found Senior captain haley
register on first base, Junior Pitcher and 1st baseman Amelia Gillentine
smashed the Mavs third triple of the evening...this time into right
centerfield, to push register across the plate.  A couple of pitches later,
Gillentine scored on a passed ball error against the Lady Viking battery.
      In the top of the fourth, Mauldin Coach Joseph Terry called on his
capable reserves to finish the game.  Kenzi Corn took over on the pitcher's
mound to preserve the victory for her  teammate, Gillentine. Corn struck
out the #2 hitter in the Spartanburg order for the first out.  A dropped
ball in the infield put the next runner on board and marked Mauldins only
error of this evening. Then there were runners on 1st and second when Corn
accidentally beaned a late squaring bunter in the stomach.  The excitement
on the Viking bench soon subsided as Corn dug in and struck out the next
two hitters in order to retire the side with no damage recorded on the
scoreboard.  in what would prove Mauldin's last at-bat of the evening, Corn
took a base on balls with one out.  With two outs, Co-Captain Dana Landers
entered the batters box and crushed a double that would score Corn.
Stovall then punched a single into left to score Landers and took second on
an errant throw by the Spartanburg shorstop.  Familiarly, Stovall scored
during the next at-bat on a wild pitch.  Stovall's was the 10th run of the
young game for the Lady Mavs.  They wouldnt need more if they could hold
the ladies in Navy and gold without scoring in the top of the 5th.  The
first out went quickly as a first pitch groundout was recorded by the youth
movement on the right side of this night's infield. Second-baseman Bria
Barnhill representing the  class of 2012 collected the grounder and threw
to the class of 2013's Brianna Davis for the first out.   Next the Lady
Vikings Destinee foster got the only hit given up by the Mauldin pitchers
on the night - a single up the middle.  Foster tried to steal second a few
pitches later but was gunned down by Howitzer-armed  Jordan Stovall who
double pumped and threw to her shortstop, Landers who applied the tag for
the second out.  A line drive to second was caught by a leaping Bria
Barnhill to seal the game for the Mauldin Lady Softballers 10-0.
      Although a dominating performance, it would be an overstatement to
call this win "impressive" against the young and building Spartanburg team.
The encouraging fact after some lackluster performances last week, was that
the Lady Mavs played well on both sides of the ball and made mistakes that
can be counted on only one coaches thumbs.  Gillentine and Corn combined
for a 1 hit shutout, allowing only two walks and totalling 9 strikeouts.  9
was also the number of hits accumulated by Mauldin in 4 at-bats...and
although half of their runs were unearned, there were hits behind runners
that would have driven home scores had not Viking errors allowed the runs
to cross sooner.
      The lady Mavs find themselves 8-0 in Region Two 4A play - 1 win away
from clinching the region title.  However, two formidable and hungry foes
stand in the way, - both wanting to unseat Mauldin to give themselves a
chance to win the title and separate themselves from the 2nd place tie they
find themselves in at present.  Byrnes visits Clayton Field on the Mauldin
campus tomorrow evening at 6:30 pm, but Senior night festivities will begin
at 6:00 pm.  Lady Mav softballers Brittany Southard,  Jenna Westmoreland,
Ebony Edwards, and Haley Register will be recognized and honored for their
work, dedication, and accomplishments at Mauldin high and as major
contributors to the Softball program.  Congratulations Lady Mavs on a very
fine, even if expected, win Monday evening. Good luck against the Rebels
Tuesday and the Lady Rams at Hillcrest on Friday to finish the region
schedule.   The coaches and the whole team have done a great job all season
- lets let them know how much we appreciate them and be there when they
clinch the region title !  Go Mavs !!!