(2009 - 2010) - Softball

vs. Spartanburg HS,

Date: Apr. 13, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: Spartanburg High School

Tuesday, April 13th: MHS 19 - Spartanburg HS 1



            R   H   E

MHS    19  18  3

SPHS    1    2  3
WP: A. Gillentine(3-0) 5k,1bb,0er
Save: A. Storch 5k
Hitters: K.Corn 2-3,2b;Ba.Barnhill 1-3;
D.Landers 4-4,2b;J.Stovall 3-4,2b;
K.Simms 1-1; A.Gillentine 1-3;
A.Storch 1-2,2b;Bk.Barnhill 3-4;
M.Tracy 2-5
RBI/RS:K.Corn 4rs;Ba. Barnhill 3rbi/2rs;
D.Landers 2rbi/4rs; J.Stovall 1rbi/3rs;
A.Gillentine 4rbi; A.Storch 1rbi/2rs;
Bk.Barnhill 2rb/1rs;M.Tracy 2rbi/1rs;
C.Ford 2rbi; J.Lyles 1rbi;K.Wagers 1rbi;
K.Simms 1rs;B.Davis 1rs
Overall: 16-1
Region:  7-0      

      On a nice Tuesday evening the Mauldin Varsity Softball Team travelled
to Duncan Park to face the Lady Vikings of Spartanburg high in a Region 2
contest between the teams at opposite ends of the region standings.
Although lacking in depth and experience, the Lady Vikings have several
talented players and lots of speed and athleticism in their lineup. The
lady Mavs could not afford to look past this matchup against Spartanburg
High, nor leave their "A" games in Mauldin.
      Senior centerfielder Kenzi Corn got the Lady Mavs started off in the
right direction in the top of the first by lining a double down the third
base line.  She stole third base a few pitches into the at bat of Sophomore
second baseman Bria Barnhill, who drove her home on a sacrifice fly caught
in shallow rightfield by the Viking second baseman heading into foul
territory.  Junior shortstop Dana Landers spanked a drive through the 5-6
hole to restart a rally .  Senior catcher Jordan Stovall followed with a
dunk single to leftfield. Katelyn Wagers walked to load the bases and
Amelia Gillentine brought Landers home for the Mavs second run on a squeeze
bunt that was so well placed that the Spartanburg pitcher had no time to
make a play on Landers sliding at home or Gillentine hustling to first.  A
fielder's choice nailed Junior Jessica Lyles (running for Stovall) at the
plate for the second out and a ground out to second marked the third.  The
Mavs had drawn first blood, 2-0.
      Unintimidated, Spartanburg's Caroline Cash led off the bottom of the
first with a slash hit into left centerfield off the 4th pitch from Mauldin
Senior pitcher, Amelia Gillentine.  Number 6 struck out the next Viking
batter and induced the heart of the Spartanburg order to fly-out and ground
out successively to Landers at short for the 2nd and 3rd outs, leaving Cash
stranded at 1st.  Freshman Brianna Davis started the top of the 2nd with a
walk and would lead a parade of batters who either reached on Viking errors
or pounded hits.  Corn reached on a misplay by the Viking shortstop, Bria
Barnhill benefitted from a throwing error by the third baseman, and Landers
connected on a pitcher's shin-scaring drive up the middle to score Davis
and Corn.  Stovall followed with a double off the leftfield fence and
Mauldin Middle's Katelyn Wagers drove Landers and Lyles (for Stovall)
across the plate with a hard shot beneath the glove of the rattled Viking
third baseman.  With no outs and 5 runs across the plate in the top of the
second, Spartanburg's 1st baseman pulled out a "web-gem" at a time when her
team needed it.  A sternum high rocket shot was launched off the bat of
Amelia Gillentine in the direction of  first base, when Wagers was getting
her lead.  The hard line-drive was snagged in a millisecond by Miss Isaac,
the lady Vike's 1st baseman who then alertly tagged Wagers diving back to
the bag to complete a double play.  A walk, another error, and a groundout
later, the Lady Mavs were retired after sending 10 hitters to the plate in
the second and taking a 7-0 lead.
      The Spartanburg half of the second started, as the first, with a
runner aboard...this time as a result of a mishandled bouncer in the short
infield.  Gillentine dug in and struck out the next two batters.  Another
heretofore rare infield error by Mauldin put runners on first and second
with two outs.  Surprisingly, the quick centerfielder from Spartanburg
broke to steal third and an errant throw to a retreating third baseman
allowed the lady Vikings to score a run.  a couple of pitches later,
Gillentine recorded a "K" against the 9th batter in the Lady Viking order
to retire the side.
      Mauldin's rare charity (the Lady Mavs fielding percentage before this
game was .987) was matched by the lady Vikings again to start the top of
the third.  An error by a shell shocked Viking put Corn on first yet again.
After a Mauldin strikeout, Coach put Corn in motion with a hit and run sign
to the batter, Dana Landers. Mauldin's #10 punched the high and outside
pitch over the second baseman's head and the Lady Mav offense was
threatening to score again.  Stovall walked and Wagers drove in Corn on a
groundout to short.  Gillentine plated Landers yet again when the shortstop
mishandled a grounder.  Senior rightfielder, Brooke Barnhill, drove home
the third run of the 3rd inning with a hard line drive single just right of
second base. A fielder's choice out was recorded on an unassisted play by
the Viking Shortstop at third base to stop the bleeding, but not before
Mauldin had posted a 10-1 lead after three complete.  Gillentine and her
teammates up the middle made short work of the Lady Vikings in the bottom
of the third.  Spartanburg's Caroline cash walked to lead off, then tried
to steal second.  She was gunned down by Senior catcher Stovall who threw a
chest high strike to Landers who applied the tag with baseline to spare.
Gillentine struck out the next batter and the opposing pitcher then
grounded to Landers who threw to freshman Madison Tracy for the third out.
       The top of the 4th would be the only Mauldin half inning in which
less than 8 batters stepped into the batters boxes. It was also the first
an only inning in which Spartanburg's defense didnt commit any errors.  A
flyout was followed by a base on balls issued to Miss Kenzi Corn.  Bria
Barnhill laced a single to left and then Dana Landers laced a fence
rattling double to right center, driving Corn across the plate for the 4th
time this evening. A strikeout and line drive fly to leftfield left
Barnhill and Landers on base, but the Mauldin lead had been extended to ten
runs at 11-1with only two chances for the lady Vikings before the mercy
rule would come into play after 5 innings. Eigth grader Amanda Storch,
recently called up to the Maverick varsity after being named JV tournament
MVP in Byrnes last weekend, was called upon in relief of Gillentine on the
mound to start the 4th inning.  She made an auspicious start striking out
the Viking cleanup hitter on 3 pitches and plunking the 5th batter in their
order two pitches later.  A groundout to the younger Barnhill at second and
another Storch strikeout put a quick end to the Lady Viking 4th.
      The wheels really came off for the home team in navy Blue in the top
of the 5th and the Lady Mavs showed depth of talent as Coach Joseph Terry's
reserves entered the game and contributed to Mauldin's most productive
offensive inning.  Amanda Storch helped her cause by nailing the
leftcenterfield fence for a double to start things off. Brooke Barnhill and
Madison Tracy followed Storch with back to back singles with Tracy driving
home the young pitcher.  Senior Caroline Ford hit a bouncer back to the
pitcher which was fielded and thrown successfully to get the new Mauldin
third baseman out, but that allowed the speedy elder Barnhill to cross the
plate.  A ground out to short made two lights illuminated on the imaginary
scoreboard, but walks to Bria Barnhill and Dana Landers loaded the bases
and set the stage for an RBI onslaught.  Stovall singled to score Tracy,
Junior leftfielder Chrystina Simms hit an infield single to score Barnhill
the younger, an error at second base on a ball hit by Storch scored
Landers.  As the inning started, successive singles by Brooke Barnhill  and
Madison Tracy plated Stovall and Simms respectively.  Caroline Ford got her
second RBI of the inning as well with a grounder to second that was
misplayed and scored Storch before a successful infield play ended the
Mauldin scoring at 19.
      The Mauldin reserves were ready and capable of playing shut-down
defense as well, but Storch didnt give them much of a chance.  In the
bottom of the 5th, needing 9 runs to extend the game, Spartanburg managed
only a single hit as their fleet shortstop beat out an infield single
handily.  This Viking highlight was unfortunately framed by a strikeout
before and two immediately after her show of dexterity and speed.  So the
game was mercifully halted at 19-1 after 5 innings.  Mauldin remained
undefeated in Region play (7-0) and either 11-0 or 15-1 in the regular
season depending upon whether the Sno-ball tournament at Heritage Park in
late February was considered pre-season or regular season.  With this win,
Mauldin is assured of a playoff berth in the 4A state tournament.
      Next up for the surging Lady Mavs is a non-conference matchup against
Mauldin's 2008 and 2009 playoff nemesis and 2008 4A state champion, Wren
Golden Hurricanes at home on Clayton field at 6:00 pm Thursday April 15th.
The Mauldin Varsity Softballers also host region foe Boiling Springs this
week in a rematch with playoff seeding implications on Friday April 16th at
home starting at 6:00 pm.  Come support our state ranked Lady Maverick
Varsity Softball team while the weather is cool and the bats are hot !  Go
Mavs !