(2009 - 2010) - Softball

vs. Wren HS,

Date: Apr. 26, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: Wren High School

Monday, April 26th: MHS 5 - Wren HS 1                                                 game photos

      R   H  E

MHS    5   7   3
WHS    1   5   4
WP: A.Bagwell (17-2) 8k, 1bb,0er
Hitters: K.Corn 1-4;Ba.Barnhill 1-3;
D,Landers 2-4,2b;J.Stovall 1-2,2rHR;
K.Wagers 1-3;A.Gillentine 1-3
RBI/RS: K.Corn 1rs;Ba.Barnhill 1rs;
D.Landers 1rs; J.Stovall 2rbi/2rs;
Bk.Barnhill 2rbi
Record: 20-2 Region 9-1
 
LADY  MAVS  CLOSE  REGULAR  SEASON  WITH  WIN  AT  WREN,  5-1

      On a blustery Monday evening, Mauldin's Lady Maverick Varsity
softball team travelled to Wren to make up a game that was rescheduled from
a week earlier.  Joining the Varsity for this trip, the remainder of the
season, and the playoffs were Amanda Storch, Cheryl Corbett, and Chelsea
Scott ... promoted from the JV Lady Mav team for their outstanding play.
The game against Wren would be a re-match of a decisive but unspectacular
6-1 win by the Lady Mavs in Mauldin almost 2 weeks ago.  There would be no
surprises for either team, although both coaches made slight lineup
adjustments.  Wren finished their region play as the #2 team in Region 1
and would be similarly headed to the playoffs starting Thursday April 29th.
Rain had threatened earlier in the day but never materialized.  The natural
element that would come into play was a strong breeze blowing from
rightfield to third base.
      In the top of the first, the Lady Mavs alternated outs and hits.
With one out, Sophomore second baseman Bria Barnhill notched a basehit as a
fly ball seemingly headed into rightfield blew back towards the infield but
remained elusive of the Hurricane second baseman. An out later after a hit
and run successfully moved Barnhill to second but retired the batter, the
second pitch delivered to Senior catcher Jordan Stovall was crushed well
beyond the leftfield fence for a 2 run homer - her team and Region leading
6th of the season !  Katelyn Wagers  followed with a single up the middle
before the third out was recorded on a hit back to the mound.
      Undaunted, the Golden Lady Hurricanes of Wren put balls in play and
gamely mounted an offensive rebuttal.  Chelsea Hawkins led off with a shot
to shortstop.  It was fielded but left on the ground as shortstop Dana
Landers prepared to make the throw to first.  This was not a good sign and
too reminiscent of several late April contests in which the Mauldin defense
has started games shakily.  Hawkins stole second base when an attempted
bunt and run was missed at the plate and the pitch mishandled. The
sacrifice was successfully executed a pitch later, moving Hawkins to 3rd as
Mauldin's Brianna Davis gunned the bunter out to Bria Barnhill at first.
Wren third baseman, Miranda Wilson then punched a line-drive RBI single
into right center to score Hawkins and cut the Mauldin lead in half.
Inexplicably, Wilson was able to steal second uncontested.  Another bunt
attempt from Wren was popped up into foul territory.  The charging Davis
reversed her attack and made the catch for the second out.  Bria Barnhill
figured in the third out of the inning as well, fielding the grounder by
her opposite from the Wren team and throwing to Senior Amelia Gillentine at
first to retire the side.
      Mauldin's second inning started promisingly when Brooke Barnhill
battled and fouled her way to a 9 pitch base-on-balls.  The Senior
rightfielder took a cue from the Wren offense and stole second when her
teammate missed on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Weslyn Jones then flied out on
a line to centerfield.  Brianna Davis hit back to the mound but reached
first when the Hurricane pitcher overthrew her 1st baseman.  The Wren
rightfielder saved a potential run as the elder Barnhill rounded third
towards home before thinking better of scoring on the error.  A nice
defensive play was turned by the Wren second baseman when a ground ball was
hit to her next...she tagged Davis crossing in front of her and wheeled to
first to complete the double play and prevent another Mauldin run.
Mauldin's third, 4th and 5th offensive innings were less exciting as Lady
Hurricane pitcher, Taylor Williams, induced 9 groundouts to the next 10
batters.  The 10th was a one out walk earned by Amelia Gillentine in the
top of the 4th, which Mauldin failed to capitalize on.
      Wren was making a little better noise at the plate but similarly not
turning baserunners into scorers.  Mauldin All-State pitcher, Ashley
Bagwell, struck out Wren batters to lead off the bottoms of the 2nd and
third innings.  Mauldin's infield did the rest as good plays were turned in
by Dana Landers and Brianna Davis to retire 3 batters over the two frames.
The one that got away (reached on an error) was mowed down by Stovall
attempting to steal second.  Landers made the catch and tag for the 3rd out
of the third inning.  After 3 complete the score remained Mauldin 2, Wren .
      In Wren's bottom of the 4th, their bats awoke as Wilson singled again
and was bunted over to second by Hannah Ingram.  Hurricane Hannah Lockaby
singled Wilson to third, but was also mowed down on a steal attempt of
second when Coach Terry called for the throw to Landers, who has
responsibility to cut and throw home if the runner on third breaks to the
plate...Wilson did not so landers alertly spun and stepped towards the
baseline and got the out.  Bagwell struck out the Wren shortstop to end the
4th inning with a Hurricane stranded on third.  Wren's 5th inning started
with a hard line drive double into leftcenter by Junior pitcher Taylor
Williams.  After a groundout to Gillentine at first moved William's
courtesy runner to third, Clarissa Suttle hit a swinging bunt single that
failed to score the runner from third.  Bagwell and her Mauldin teammates
then faced the top of the Wren order with the  tying run on third, go-ahead
run on first base, and only one out.  Bagwell, although not having her best
week from the mound, put it in brilliant gear for the remainder of this
game and ended the Wren 5th with successive strikeouts.
      Inspired by their pitcher's toughness, the Mauldin offense seemingly
awoke in the top of the 6th.  4 pitches into her leadoff at-bat, Dana
Landers cranked a rocket to left-center that rattled the base of the fence
and caromed right to the centerfielder preventing a leadoff triple.
Stovall was pitched to carefully...understandably...and was walked on 5
pitches.  Krystina Simms came in to run for the catcher and watched a
pinch-hitter strikeout before Gillentine beat out an infield single.  With
bases loaded, Brooke Barnhill stroked a bouncing low liner at the Wren
shortstop who lifted prematurely on a short-hop allowing Landers and Simms
to score. Another reserve struck out for the second and a regular watched a
called strike three for the third, but Mauldin had struck and now sported a
4-1 lead over the home team from Wren.  Bagwell and her defense made short
work of the Lady Hurricanes in the bottom of the 6th as the heart of their
order flied out to Corn in center, then Jessica Lyles in left, and finished
with a 6 to 3 (Landers to Gillentine) groundout.
      Mauldiin was back at the top of the order for the top of the 7th
inning.  Kenzi Corn spanked the third pitch back up the middle for a
single.  Bria Barnhill laid down a fine sacrifice bunt to move Corn to
second, but Corn didnt need to stop and Barnhill didnt return to the
congratulatory dugout because the Wren third baseman threw wildly into
rightfield in her rush to get the quick second baseman. Corn scored on the
throwing error and Barnhill moved to second. Landers drove a single through
the middle to move Barnhill to third.  After a groundout in front of the
plate that both Stovall and her fans thought should have been called a foul
ball, Katelyn Wagers hit a hard bouncer to third.  Maybe wary of making
another errant throw to first or maybe just alert to the potential to get
the lead runner, Wren's Wilson faked then chased Barnhill back to third,
recording the tag out and momentarily putting the trailing runner, who had
reached third behind Barnhill, in a bind.  Landers shuffled back towards
second then dove safely back into third avoiding a double play.  A
groundout back to the pitcher's mound rendered the excitement at third a
play earlier moot, but the Lady Mavs had added an insurance run in the top
of the 7th and led 5-1 and leaving Wren with only 3 outs to try and make a
comeback.
      The Lanky veteran Maverick pitcher, Bagwell, took matters into her
own hands in the seventh.  She struck out Wren's 6th and 7th batters on 4
pitches apiece.  She allowed her only walk of the game to the 8th hitter in
the Lady Hurricane lineup then fanned the 9th to end the game.  After an
explosive start, a sluggish middle, and a flurry at the end of this
contest, Mauldin had notched another win on the road and atoned for the
loss at home earlier in the week.  Maybe more importantly, they generated
some momentum and positive "Mojo" heading into the playoffs that will begin
this Thursday at home against T.L. Hanna at 6:00 pm on Clayton Field.  Thus
the regular season for Mauldin's Lady Mavs was completed.  Depending on
what is counted as pre-season and regular season, the Mauldin Varsity
Softballers compiled a 15-1, a 19-2 (with the Snowball Classic tournament
included), or a 23-2 (all games in 2010 to date) record.  Whichever your
preference, the Mauldin Lady Mavs had an outstanding and successful
season...but now the slates are cleaned and each of 16 Upstate teams have
the opportunity to advance to the State Championship !  Mauldin will
clearly have a target on their collective backs, but Coaches' Terry, Shaw,
and Fowler have two days of practice  to prepare and motivate a very deep
and talented team before the State tournament begins...and they will be 8
wins away from their Championship goal.  Come support the Lady mavs this
Thursday and throughout the playoffs in which they will host 5 of 6 games
provided they stay in the winners brackets !  GO MAVS !!!