(2009 - 2010) - Softball

vs. Woodruff HS,

Date: Mar. 08, 2010
Time: 07:30 PM
Location: Woodruff High School

 Monday March 8th: MHS 10 - Woodruff HS 0

      R   H   E

MHS   10  17  0
WHS    0     2  5
WP: A Bagwell(6-1) 13K,1BB
Hitters: K.Corn 3-5;D.Landers 3-5,2b;J.Stovall 1-5,3rHR;
K.Wagers 3-5,2b;A.Gillentine 3-4;A.Bagwell 1-4;B.Davis 2-3;
W.Jones 1-3

      On a fair Tuesday evening in early March, the Mauldin High School
Varsity Softball team travelled to Woodruff to kick off their regular
season against the Wolverines of Woodruff , a 2A playoff team in 2009,
after a fairly successful pre-season that saw the Lady Mavs outscore their
opponents 62-5 and claim an 8-1 preseason record and second place in the
Snowball classic tournament in Simpsonville.
      In the top of the first inning with one out, Senior Kenzi Corn beat
out an infield hit and was moved to second on a hard hit ball by Junior
Dana Landers through the 5-6 hole on the left side of the Woodruff infield.
With runners on 1st and 2nd, Senior catcher Jordan Stovall blasted the
first pitch deep into the night over the left centerfield fence and the
scoreboard read Visitors - 3, Wolverines - 0.  7th grade DP Katelyn Wagers
rapped a single into left to re-start another rally and was sacrificed to
second by Senior Amelia Gillentine, who reached safely when the Woodruff
first baseman dropped the throw.  the Mavs 1st inning ended on a hard hit
liner to short by Senior Ashley Bagwell.   Woodruff's Mikayla Register
caught the liner and beat the Mav runner back to second for a double play
to bring the Lady Wolverines to the plate in the bottom of the first.
      2009 All state pitcher Ashley Bagwell was on the hill for the lady
Mavs and made short work of the top of the Woodruff order.  Two strikeouts
and a liner to Landers at shortstop retired the home squad in order and
brought the Ladies from Mauldin back to the plate.  Again with one out,
Freshman Brianna Davis singled to put pressure on the ladies in Maroon.
Davis was forced out at second on a fielder's choice, but Centerfielder
Kenzi Corn spanked her second consecutive hit of the young evening to move
the runner to third. No runs scored in the top of the second as the next
batter forced Corn out at second on a hard hit liner to Register who
flipped the ball to her teammate at 2nd to retire Mauldin in the second
frame.    Bagwell let Woodruff off the hook to start the second inning,
allowing back to back bloop hits - one to each field - while ahead in the
counts....but then the lanky righthander clamped down on the 6, 7, and 8
Woodruff hitters  with two more strikeouts and a groundout she fielded
herself and threw to senior 1st baseman Amelia Gillentine to end the first
and only offensive threat the Wolverines would mount on this cool early
Spring evening.
      It was the top of the third inning and time for Mauldin to tally some
more runs... with one out, Katelyn Wagers and Amelia Gillentine both
smacked singles to the right side.  Bagwell followed and helped her own
cause with a hard hit grounder to short that was mishandled and bounced
through to centerfield, scoring both of her teammates.  Junior Jessica
Lyles came on to run for the Mauldin pitcher and moved to third on a bunt
by senior Weslyn Jones which she beat out for a hit.  Jones then stole
second base uncontested and Brianna Davis faced the embattled Woodruff
pitcher with one down and two in scoring position.  Davis lifted the 4th
pitch well past medium depth to straightaway center to drive in Lyles with
a sacrifice fly.  that would end the Mauldin scoring in the third, but not
before the Lady Mavs had doubled their score and led 6-0.
      Bagwell and battery-mate Senior catcher Jordan Stovall really put the
clamps on the Wolverines from this point in the game... no more Texas
Leaguers...no more batters off the hook while behind in the count.  The duo
called and executed three straight strikeouts on only 12 pitches in the
bottom of the third, and used only 6 pitches in the bottom of the fourth,
allowing Davis, Landers, and Gillentine to help them retire the home team
defensively in the bottom of the 4th.  Mauldin's half of the 4th started
with Kenzi Corn's third straight single in her first three plate
appearances, but she was stranded on the bases as her teammates in the
heart of the Mauldin order failed to bring her around for a change.  The
top of the fifth would prove a little different when Gillentine led off
with a hit up the middle and Bagwell was hit by a pitch to put two on with
no outs.  An out later, Davis connected hit a hard drive just right of
centerfield that scored Gillentine from second, before the next two Lady
Mav batters were retired with the score 7-0.
      Bagwell and Stovall stayed hot in the bottoms of the 5th and 6th
innings. Only a great play by Brianna Davis crossing toward the middle from
third to cut off a slow grounder and throw out the speedy Woodruff
centerfielder interrupted a string of 5 consecutive strikeouts over the two
inning stretch.  Bagwell was in near top form on this night and the defense
behind her was also up to the task - making no errors against their foes
from Woodruff on the night.  Mauldin's 6th inning showed the home team
wearing down and the visiting Lady Mavs asserting their dominance.  Landers
led off with a ripped single up the middle and was driven home with one out
by Katelyn wagers who doubled to left center.  Gillentine reached on an
error which also moved Mauldin's #8 to third, and Bagwell drove Wagers home
with a smashed single to left center.  Jones walked but the threat subsided
as woodruff was able to retire the next two batters.  When Mauldin came to
the plate for their last at bat, the score was 9-0 in favor of the Lady
      In the top of the 7th with one out, Landers drove a double down the
third base line and scored her 3rd run of the evening two batters later on
a Woodruff throwing error to 1st base.  Gillentine followed the error with
her third hit of the night before the last out against the visitors was
recorded.  Down 10-0, Woodruff's coach called upon a couple of reserves to
try and reverse the momentum of this game in its last chance inning.
Bagwell made short work of the first batter, striking her out in three
pitches.  Next, Bagwell allowed her only walk of the game and only the
third Woodruff baserunner.  She was erased two pitches later on a sharp
grounder back  to the mound...Bagwell wheeled and threw to landers covering
second for the forceout and throwing quick and strong to Gilllentine to
complete the 1-6-3 double play and put this opening game into the books in
favor of the lady maverick softballers, 10-0.
      Next up for the Lady Mavs is Woodmont in Southern Simpsonville on
Thursday March 11th at 5:30 pm.  Come support our Lady Mavs as they
continue their "road trip" and try to remain unbeaten in regular season
play.  Congratulations to the lady Mav Varsity and their Coaches Terry and
Shaw ... and to the JV coaches and players who also started their season
off on the right foot by beating Wooodruff 3-1 in exciting come from behind
fashion in the 6th inning.