(2009 - 2010) - Softball

vs. Byrnes HS,

Date: Apr. 20, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: Byrnes High School

    MHS 10 - Byrnes HS 0

   R   H   E

MHS  10  11  5
BHS    0    6   4
WP: A.Bagwell(16-1) 7k,1bb
Hitters: K.Corn 1-4;Ba.Barnhill 1-2;
D.Landers 2-3,2b;J.Stovall 2-2,2b,3rHR;
K.Wagers 1-3;A.Gillentine 2-4,2b;
Bk.Barnhill 1-4; A.Bagwell 1-4
RBI/RS: K.Corn 1rs; Ba.Barnhill 2rs;
D.Landers 1rbi/3rs;J.Stovall 5rbi/2rs;
K.Wagers 2rbi/1rs;A.Gillentine 2rbi;
B.Davis 1rs
Record: 19-1 Region: 9-0

      The 4A State ranked #1 Mauldin Varsity Softball team rode the white
Activity Bus North on I-85 to Duncan in a light Drizzle Tuesday night to
face The Lady Rebels of Byrnes High School.  Although Mauldin had already
clinched the Region title and top district seeding in the playoffs, Byrnes
would be fighting for a spot and seeding in that same tournament.  Earlier
this month, these two Region 2 powerhouses met in Mauldin, with the Lady
Mavs holding on for a satisfactory, but close win, 7-5.  In scoring 5 runs
against the formidable Mauldin defense and pitching staff, the powerful
Byrnes lineup scored more runs than any team the Lady Mavs have faced in
2010, and 30% of the runs given up by the Mauldin squad through the regular
season (17).
      The Ladies in Orange and white went immediately to work and scored in
the top of the first.  with one out, Bria Barnhill reached on an error when
the Byrnes first baseman dropped a throw from her infield.  Dana Landers
then scorched a double down the leftfield line to move Barnhill to third
and put herself into scoring position.  The two Mauldin middle infielders
wouldnt wait long ... Jordan Stovall smacked a double into rightfield to
score the younger Barnhill and Landers.  Mauldin Middle's Katelyn Wagers
then flied out deep to center and Stovall's pinch runner, Jessica Lyles,
was tagged out trying to advance to third when her slide stuck in the mud
and flipped her into the tag of Byrnes Chastity Davis for the third out.
      The top of Byrnes lineup can be a force, but they would get unneeded
help in the bottom of the first.  Cheyenne Griffin grounded back to the
mound but the ball rolled up senior Ashley Bagwell's arm and into the air -
invisible to Bagwell until it was too late to get Griffin at 1st.  A bunt
attempt went airborne into foul territory on the third base side and
charging Freshman Brianna Davis secured it for the first out, leaving
Griffin stuck at first.  Another bunt was mishandled on the right side of
the infield, putting Byrnes senior, Tamara Hawkins, on first and moving
Griffin to second.  A rare passed ball allowed the duo to advance a base.
Byrnes cleanup hitter and third baseman, Davis then popped up to Sophomore
second baseman, Bria Barnhill behind the base for the second out.  Bagwell
bore down and struck out the next batter on 5 pitches to end the threat and
bring Mauldin back into their dugout to start the second inning with a 2-0
      In Mauldin's half of the second, Seniors Amelia Gillentine and Brooke
Barnhill  hit back to back singles.  with Gillentine on third, Barnhill
stole second base easily to put two more runners in scoring position for
the Lady Mavs with no outs.  Disappointingly, 3 consecutive infield
groundouts ended the offensive inning for Mauldin without another score.
The bottom of the second was slightly less threatening and showed less
jittery play by the Mauldin defense.  Byrnes leftfielder, Peyton Purcell
led off with an infield single and advanced to second on another passed
ball as the sprinkling rain became a steady drizzle.  Consecutive flyouts
to Brianna Davis at third and Brooke Barnhill in right saw Purcell move to
third and two of scoreboard "outs" lights illuminated. As in the first
inning, Bagwell punctuated Byrnes frustration at leaving runners in scoring
position when she struckout the next batter to end the second inning.
Byrnes third inning was similar.  Griffin led off with a sharp hit up the
middle which skidded on the grass and by the Mauldin centerfielder to the
fence, allowing griffin to reach third base. But another foul fly bunt
attempt was corralled by Brianna Davis and Bagwell struck out the two
powerful hitters at the heart of the Byrnes order to end the third inning.
      The score at the end of three was not 2-0 however.  The Mauldin
offense would have a productive top of the third begun with a walk to Bria
Barnhill and a shot "to hot to handle" to the Byrnes shortstop, but scored
an error that allowed Dana Landers to reach first.  With two runners aboard
and no outs, All-region Power-hitter Jordan Stovall lifted the first pitch
high and deep into the wet sky and beyond the confines of centerfield for a
3 run homer !  Wagers worked the count 7 pitches deep for a walk behind the
dinger. After a strikeout, and a line-out to third, Wagers moved to second
on a single by the pitcher, Bagwell, but was forced out at third on a
fielders choice grounder to short to end the productive third inning for
the Mavs and give the visitors a 5-0 lead after 3 complete.
      Neither team's 4th or 5th innings produced runs. Bria Barnhill got a
hit for the Mavs in the 4th and Bagwell allowed one hit in each inning by
the Byrnes team, but neither team could muster another or spark a rally.
Mauldin's defense seemed to have settled down after its spate of errors in
the first inning. Solid plays were made by Brianna Davis at third, Kenzi
Corn in center, and a sparkling backhand stop on a hard grounder towards
the 5-6 hole by Dana Landers was fielded and flipped to Davis for a
forceout at third to end the bottom of the 5th inning with the score still
decisively favoring the Lady Mavs, 5-0.
      The top of the 6th would be different for the Mauldin offense.
Brianna Davis reached first on a throwing error, then Kenzi Corn singled to
put runners on first and second with no outs.  Bria Barnhill laid down a
textbook sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position for Dana
Landers.  The junior shortstop did not disappoint - she crushed an inside
offering down the third base line that struck the defenseless Byrnes third
baseman, who had no time to react to the drive, and glanced into foul
territory in leftfield allowing Davis to score.  Stovall was walked
intentionally to load the bases and Wagers stung a single back up the
middle to bring Corn and Landers across the plate.  Gillentine then doubled
to the leftfield corner to score Jessica Lyles (for Stovall) and Wagers.  A
pair of outs followed and left Gillentine stranded, but not before Mauldin
had advanced the scoreboard to 10 for the visitors.  Byrnes would have to
score one to avoid the mercy rule and live to play a seventh inning...but
it was not to be !      Not giving up, Byrnes' Casey Owens doubled to
left-center to start the bottom of the 6th. A pop foul caught by Stovall
notched the first out.  Bagwell then struck out the 7th batter in the
Byrnes order (her 7th of the game) for the second.  A bouncing grounder to
Brianna Davis was handled and thrown perfectly to record the third out of
the 6th and another win for the lady Mavs !  The Mauldin Softballers are
still undefeated in region play at 9-0, but face rival Hillcrest High on
Friday night - SENIOR NIGHT in a game with playoff seeding or missing
implications for the lady Rams who have their backs against a wall but who
are playing better and this week dismantled Dorman by a large margin to
remain in contention.
      Come support our Lady Maverick JV team at 5:30 pm Friday at Clayton
field on the Mauldin campus, followed by the senior night festivities and
recognition and the traditional rivalry game that marks the lady Mavs last
home game of the regular season and last region game of the 2010 campaign.
Come early for a good seat and stay late for some great action and to
celebrate the outstanding Senior class featuring 7 of our beloved and
outstanding lady Maverick 2010 varsity softball team members.  GO MAVS !!!