(2009 - 2010) - Softball

vs. Byrnes HS,

Date: Apr. 06, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: Mauldin High School

Tuesday, April 6th: MHS 7 Byrnes HS 5                                               game photos

           R   H   E

BHS     5   10  8
MHS     7   5   2
WP: A. Bagwell(12-1) 10k, 3bb, 4er
Hitters:K.Corn1-3;Ba. Barnhill 1-3;
J.Stovall 1-1; B.Davis 2-3,2b
RBI/RS: K.Corn 1rs;J.Stovall 1rs;
D.Landers 2rbi;A.Gillentine 1rbi;
Bk.Barnhill 1rs;A.Bagwell 1rbi/2rs;
B.Davis 3rbi/2rs
Record: 14-1 Region: 5-0
      The Lady Maverick Varsity softball team hosted region Rival and
annual playoff contender Byrnes High Lady Rebels at remodeled Clayton Field
on the Mauldin campus Tuesday evening.  Both teams came into the matchup
with identical records of 13 wins and 1 loss, but Byrnes loss was in the 4A
region 2 standings. After the Easter and Spring breaks, it would soon be
clear which team was ready to resume their softball campaigns and maintain
momentum through the midpoint of the season.
      Senior Ashley Bagwell toed the rubber for Mauldin and quickly sent
the top of the Byrnes order back to the dugout with two strikeouts and a
bouncer back to the mound, which she threw to Senior Amelia Gillentine to
retire the side. Byrnes pitcher, Cheyenne Griffin issued a walk to leadoff
batter Kenzi Corn in the bottom of the first.  Sophomore Bria Barnhill laid
down a nice sacrifice bunt to move Corn to second.  Corn took third on a
flyout to center by Dana Landers.  With 2 outs, Griffin wasnt going to give
her powerful travel ball teammate, Jordan Stovall anything good to hit ,
and she was walked on 5 pitches. Courtesy Runner Jessica Lyles entered for
Stovall and promptly stole second base uncontested, but the side was
retired on a grounder to second three pitches later.  The Lady Mavs
threatened, but failed to score in the first.
      Chastity Davis Doubled for Byrnes to lead off the 2nd inning on a
deep drive that bounced over the leftfield fence. Bagwell recorded a
strikeout on the next batter before Byrnes leftfielder sacrificed Davis to
third.  With two outs and a runner on third base Lady rebel Caroline Shinn
punched a mistake pitch into short leftcenterfield to drive home the games
first run. Bagwell and Stovall combined for a strikeout of the next batter
to leave Shinn stranded on first, but not before Byrnes took a brief lead
1-0 after one and a half innings.
      Mauldin answered with the help of some Byrnes miscues... Amelia
Gillentine led off and reached when the Byrnes shortstop threw wide to
first base.  The next batter hit into a fielder's choice, so with one out
and one on, Bagwell hit a hard grounder to short, but the Byrnes second
baseman didnt handle the throw from short and there were two lady Mavs
aboard for hot-hitting Freshman Brianna Davis.  Davis did not dissappoint,
lining the first pitch to the fence over the rightfielder's head.  Brooke
Barnhill and Krystina Simms, running for Bagwell, scored for the home team.
Next, a swinging bunt by Senior centerfielder Kenzi Corn moved Davis to
third  when the Byrnes third baseman overthrew 1st base...Corn took second
on the error .  After a flyout to short centerfield, Dana Landers was the
beneficiary of another throwing error by the left side of the Byrnes
infield, this time scoring Davis and Corn to give Mauldin a 4 to 1 lead.
Another walk to Stovall was followed by a fielder's choice and a groundout
to end the inning.
      Mauldin's defense stayed stout in the top half of the 3rd and 4th
innings, yielding no errors as plays were turned in by Landers, Weslyn
Jones in leftfield, Amelia Gillentine at first ,and Bria Barnhill covering
first for a Bagwell throw on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Bagwell allowed a
runner to reach base in both innings - a double by her opposite pitcher,
Cheyenne Griffin in the 3rd, and a leadoff walk to Chastity Davis in the
4th, but neither runner could advance past third against the tough Mauldin
defense and some effective pitches by the Mauldin all-stater. Mauldin put 2
more runs on the board in the 3rd inning when another Byrnes infield error
allowed Bagwell to get on with one out...followed by a single through the
5/6 hole by Brianna Davis and another near the leftfield line by Kenzi
Corn.  With bases loaded, Bria Barnhill delivered a clutch single into
leftcenter to score Simms running for Bagwell.  Dana Landers followed with
a towering warning track fly that was caught in left but scored Davis. A
walk to Stovall and a flyout ended the Mauldin rally, but not before their
lead was extended to a more comfortable looking 6 to 1.
      Mauldin would go down quickly in the bottom halves of the 4th and 5th
innings and the momentum seemed to shift.  Byrnes rallied in the top of the
5th with one out when a walk was followed by successive singles.  A
strikeout marked the second out, but Lady rebel Casey Owens punched a
single into left that scored two runs for Byrnes.  A pop-up to Gillentine
in foul territory ended the threat, but the gap had closed to 6-3 after 5
complete.  Byrnes threatened the lady Mavs in the 6th with a hit followed
by two walks in succession with one out, but the Byrnes cleanup hitter
bounced to Brainna Davis at third who fielded the ball and stepped on her
bag for the forceout to bring the Mavericks to the plate.
      Mauldin Senior Catcher Jordan Stovall finally got pitches she could
hit with one out in the Mauldin 6th - she responded with a line drive
single into left, and advanced to second on a bobble by the Byrnes
leftfielder.  7th grade DP Katelyn Wagers pushed Stovall's runner, Jessica
Lyles, to third on a grounder that was fielded but poorly thrown from the
left side of the Byrnes infield...again.  Amelia Gillentine scored Lyles on
a deep sacrifice fly to rightfield.  A groundout ended the inning but saw
mauldin's lead extended to four at 7-3.
      Last chance for Byrnes in the top of the 7th with the heart of their
order coming to the plate.  Chastity Davis singled to right and Casey Owens
doubled to left.  Bagwell induced an infield pop-up but then gave up a
double to Byrnes 1st baseman Caroline Shinn, scoring two to make it 7-5
with one out.  Fortunately the next batter lined out to landers at short
and the game concluded on a fly to right-center that was caught by Brooke
      If not a thing of beauty, it was a good and important win for the
Lady Mavs. Mauldin remains undefeated in Region play, while the main rivals
(Hillcrest, Boiling Springs, and Byrnes) have 1 or 2 losses.  Good teams
find a way to win and in this case good defense and miscues by the lady
Rebels infield were very helpful on a rare night that the Lady Mavs were
outhit and outpitched.  Next up for the Lady Mavs is the Dorman Cavaliers
at home Friday evening at 5:30 pm.  Go Mavs !!!