(2009 - 2010) - Softball

vs. Wren HS,

Date: Apr. 15, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: Mauldin High School

Thursday, April 15th: MHS 6 - Wren HS 1                                        game photos

            R   H   E  

WHS    1    6   1
MHS    6   11  1
WP:A.Bagwell(14-1) 9k, 1bb,5h
Save: A.Storch
Hitters: K.Corn 2-3;Ba.Barnhill 1-4;
D.Landers 2-4,2b; J.Stovall 1-3;
K.Wagers 1-3;A.Gillentine 2-3, HR;
Bk.Barnhill 1-3;B.Davis 1-3
RBI/RS: K.Corn 1rs;Ba.Barnhill 1rs;
D.Landers 2rbi/2rs;J.Stovall 1rbi;
K.Wagers 1rbi;A.Gillentine 1rbi/1rs;
A.Bagwell 1rs;B.Davis 1rbi
Record: 17-1, Region: 7-0

      The Mauldin Lady Maverick Softball team avenged several years of
playoff frustration at the hands of Wren High's Golden Hurricane Softball
teams.  In 2008 and 2009, Mauldin's state title hopes were dashed in Upper
State semifinal or final games against Wren.  In 2008, Wren advanced to win
the state championship.  In 2009, Wren lost in the Upper State finals to
eventual State champions, the Gaffney Indians.  Graduation has hit coach
Lynn Hicks team harder than most, but they are not without some outstanding
players and a JV feeder program that prepared young ladies for their turns
on the Varsity.  The Mauldin Softballers were ready on Thursday evening.
Senior and 2009 All-State pitcher, Ashley Bagwell struck out the leadoff
batter in the top of the first and all three batters in the top of the
second.  Bria Barnhill and Dana Landers made plays to Amelia Gillentine at
first to record the other outs in the first two innings.
      Offensively, Mauldin lost little time getting on the scoreboard.
Senior centerfielder Kenzi Corn led off with a single up the middle and a
steal of second base.  After a groundout, Corn was gunned down trying to
move to third.  3 time All-Region junior, Dana Landers singled , moved to
second on a walk to Jordan Stovall, and scored on a single by Middle
Schooler, Katelyn Wagers.  Senior first baseman, Amelia Gillentine singled
behind Wagers but a line drive to third ended the Lady Mav Rally.  In the
bottom of the second with two outs against the home team, Corn walked,
moved to second on a single by Sophomore Bria Barnhill, and scored along
with Barnhill on a double into the leftfield corner off the bat of Dana
Landers.  2 time All-Region catcher, Jordan Stovall then singled home
Landers to make it 4-0, before the third out was made on a runners
interference call against Mauldin on a grounder to shortstop as Jessica
Lyles advanced to third in front of the Wren infielder.
      Wren got its first hit of the evening against Bagwell in the third
inning after an excellent defensive play by landers up the middle recorded
the first out and Bagwell booked a backwards "K" for the second.  Clarissa
Suttle bounced a slow swinging bunt towards third, but reached base before
Freshman 3rd baseman, Brianna Davis and Gillentine could complete the play
on the speedy leftfielder.   Senior rightfielder Brooke Barnhill chased
down a fly in rightcenterfield for the third out in the top of the third.
Wren managed 2 more hits in their half of the fourth inning but only
converted one run.  Reagan Davis singled to left, but was forced out on a
hard bouncer to landers who flipped to Barnhill at second to send Wren's #4
back to the dugout.  The batter, Chelsea Hawkins, advanced to second on a
hit by Wren third baseman, Miranda Wilson. With one out and two on base, a
failed pickoff attempt at second base yielded an error on Mauldin and a run
for Wren.  The next batter grounded to Brianna Davis at third who threw to
Gillentine for the second out.  Gillentine then alertly and accurately
threw back to Landers covering third to nail Wilson attempting to take the
base for the third out.
      The third and fourth innings were yawners for the Lady Mavs as six of
the next seven batters were retired by land or air.  Only an infield hit by
Kenzi Corn with one out in the fourth broke the monotony.
      Bagwell and her battery-mate Stovall, bumped then cruised in the top
of the 5th inning.  A leadoff walk to Wren's shortstop went unrequited as
Bagwell and Stovall struck out the next three batters in succession on 4,
5, and 5 pitches respectively.  Mauldin's bottom half of the 5th seemed
like it would be more of the same as the third and fourth as two quick outs
were recorded on a fly to center and bouncer back to the pitcher.  Then
Amelia Gillentine lifted the first pitch she saw in the fifth inning high
and deep to rightcenterfield - too high and deep for the fielder or the
field !  A solo Homerun by Mauldin's #6 made it 5-0.  Inspired by their
teammate, Bagwell hit a hard grounder to short that was misplayed.  Brooke
Barnhill moved her to second with a basehit to center, and Brianna Davis
knocked Bagwell home with another single to center.  An unsuccessful
attempted steal of third ended the inning, but not before the scoreboard
read 6 to 7...even though it meant 6-1 in favor of the Lady Mavs !
      6-1 would indeed be the final score. Mauldin went out quietly in
their half of the 6th. Wren got two more hits in the 6th and one more in
the 7th, but good defense by the Mauldin infield - Davis, Landers,
Barnhill, and Gillentine, prevented any of Wren's late inning baserunners
from advancing past second.  Next up would be the Bulldogs of Boiling
Springs the following evening in Mauldin in a key Region 2 contest.