(2008 - 2009) - Softball

vs. Lancaster HS,

Date: May. 07, 2009
Time: 05:00 PM
Location: Mauldin High School

Mauldin 2009 District 2 Champs!!

4-A District 2, Game 3 Thurs., May 7th: MHS 9 - Lancaster HS 0
     R  H  E
LHS   0  4  2
MHS   9  11 4
Hitters:K.Corn 2-3;B.Barnhill 1-2;D.Landers 2-3;
B.Davis 1-3;A.Gillentine 1-4,2b;A.Bagwell 2-3,2b;
J.Westmoreland 1-2,3b;E.Edwards 1-1


      Sometimes its great when the weatherman is wrong !  Although the
forecast was for evening rain, at 5:00 pm Thursday evening the skies were
blue and clear at Mauldin's Clayton field.  This would be the site of the
4A District 2 finals to determine who would advance to the Upper State
"final 4" tournament.  Emerging from the Loser's bracket after defeating
both Westside and Clover (as the Lady Mavs had done) were the athletic Lady
Bruins from Lancaster and Region 4.
      Mauldin Junior Pitcher, Ashley Bagwell started the game off with
three straight strikeouts in the top of the first to set the tone and show
that she brought her A game to this party.  In the bottom of the first the
Lady Mavs put a couple on base but couldnt score them.  Kenzi Corn led off
with a base on balls and Brooke Barnhill sacrifice bunted to move her to
second.  Corn was caught trying to steal third and Dana Landers was hit by
a pitch before the third out was recorded on a flyout to centerfield.
      The second inning would prove more exciting in bad ways and good.
Sandwiched between two strikeouts, were a pair of errors made in the Lady
Mav infield that put Bruin runners on the bases. The first was erased by
Jordan Stovall and Dana Landers attempting to steal third and the second
was stranded when Bagwell struck out the Bruin leftfielder to end the
inning.  Mauldin's half of the frame was more exciting because the bats in
the second half of the batting order came alive. DP  Brianna Davis led off
with a walk.   She was forced out when Amelia Gillentine hit a head-high
shot at the shortstop.  The Bruin shortstop dropped the line drive but
recovered the bounce and tagged the pinch-runner, Bria Barnhill, advancing
towards second. were it not for the drop, a double play might have been the
result.  With one out and gillentine on first, Bagwell ripped a double down
the leftfield line that scored Gillentine.  After another line drive out
(this time to second base), Jenna Westmoreland crushed a drive into deep
left-centerfield for a triple that scored Bagwell's courtesy runner, Junior
Weslyn Jones. Kenzi Corn then drove home Westmoreland with a double of her
own before the Lady mavs were retired in the second.  After two complete -
Mauldin 3, Lancaster 0.
      The top of the third saw The Mauldin infield regain their footing as
Captains Landers and Register made good field and throw plays to first on
hard hit balls to the left side.  Bagwell struck out another and it was
time to bat again for Mauldin.  The Lady Mavs third and fourth frames were
highlighted only by a single from Bagwell and a walk to Westmoreland in the
fourth.  The Lady Bruins made some good plays in this stretch - a long
retreating catch in rightfield of a Landers fly, and a diving stop and flip
by the second baseman on a Corn infield smash towards the 3-4 hole. Still,
the lady Bruins could not solve Bagwell and Stovall's pitch calling,
location, and execution.  Candice Benson, the Lancaster shortstop got the
first hit for the Bruins to lead off the 4th but a strikeout and two
groundouts left her on the bases when it was time to switch sides.
Lancaster led off the top of the 5th with a hit also - this time off the
bat of their rightfielder Shay McElwain, but she too was stranded after
being sacrificed to second, when other teammates grounded out to Gillentine
and struckout.
      In Mauldin's bottom half of the 5th, Brooke Barnhill led off by
beating out an infield hit, but was caught trying to steal second. Landers
followed with a crunched a single into leftfield and moved to second when
Catcher Jordan Stovall drew a walk.  Landers and the catcher's runner.
Jessica Lyles, executed a double steal and two runners were in scoring
position with only one out.  Landers scored on a passed ball before the
second out came on a strikeout, but then Amelia Gillentine powered out of a
mini-slump with a booming double to right-centerfield that scored Lyles.
The Lady Mavs tallied 2 more in the fifth, but it might have been worse for
the Bruins after two more walks were issued behind Gillentine before the
side was retired with bases loaded on a fly to third base.
      Lancaster was running low on outs. Benson led off the 6th inning with
her second hit, but that would be all as Landers tracked down a fly in foul
territory behind third base and Bagwell struck out two more.  The lady Mavs
unleashed the beast in the 6th with 3 consecutive hits. Corn started things
off with her second hit - a single into left.  Senior Ebony Edwards then
got an infield single and Landers beat out a bunt for another.  Bases
loaded for Stovall has often been a recipe for disaster this season for
Mauldin opponents, but Lancaster's pitcher had already read that horror
story and walked the Mavs catcher - pushing Corn across the plate.  Mauldin
middle's Brianna Davis then spanked a single back up the middle to score
Edwards.  Gillentine hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Landers who
tagged up on the catch and scored...and Lyles scored again on a groundout -
the only out Bagwell made on this evening with her bat. Mauldin 9,
Lancaster 0.
      One last chance for the Lady Bruins and familiarly and fortunately
for them, McElwain was up and led off with her second hit of the game.
That would be the last reason to cheer for the Lady Bruins unless they
wanted to applaud Bagwell's pitching effort or a great catch ?  After a
sacrifice bunt moved McElwain to second, the Mauldin Ace struck out her
14th of the game. Having walked none and given up only 1 hit in each of 4
innings - two each to the Bruins shortstop and rightfielder, it was a
dominating shutout pitching performance !  Down to their last out, the
Bruin pitcher was at the plate. The lefty laced a line drive between third
and short at head level of the pulled in infielders.  In less than three
milliseconds, Landers stepped to her right, stretched and dove horizontally
in the direction of the balls brief flight and caught the yellow sphere in
her web to end the game and the lady bruins good season.
      Mauldin thus earned the right to advance to the Upper state bracket.
They go on the road Saturday morning at 10:00 am to face the Lady
Hurricanes of Wren - ranked third in the state 4A poll and one of only two
state teams to have beaten the Lady Mavs this season.  Congratulations to
Coaches Terry, Coach Hall, and all of the outstanding Lady Mav Varsity
Softballers for winning the District 2 title for the second year in a row.
The road gets tougher from here as the quality of the opponents improves.
The final four in the upstate ?...Wren, Mauldin, Gaffney, and Hillcrest.
The State tournament is down to its Elite Eight.  Good Luck Lady Mavs - You
deserve to be here and have what it takes to reach your goals.