(2009 - 2010) - Softball

vs. T.L. Hanna,

Date: Apr. 29, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: Mauldin High School

Game 1 - Thursday, April 29th: MHS 10 -Hanna 0                                   game photos      WSPA7 clip

MHS blanks T. L.Hanna: Bagwell Throws Perfect Game, Stovall hit's another Bomb! 

R   H   E

HHS    0    0   7
MHS   10  12  0
WP: A. Bagwell(18-2) 10k's, Perfect Game
Hitters: Kenzi Corn 2-3;Bria Barnhill 2-3;
Jordan Stovall 2-2, HR; Kaitlyn Wagers 1-4;
Amelia Gillentine 3-4, 2b; Ashley Bagwell 1-3;
Brooke Barnhill 1-3
RBI/RS: K.Corn 2rbi/1rs/Ba Barnhill 1rbi/1rs;
D.Landers 2rbi/1rs;J.Stovall 2rbi/2rs;
A.Gillentine 1rbi/2rs; A. Bagwell 1rbi;
Bk. Barnhill 1rbi/1rs;B.Davis 2rs
Record: 21-2


      Thursday night in Mauldin was emblematic of that magical time of year
when the weather is perfect, the grass is lush and verdant, and baseballs
and softballs are flying through the air with more urgency and
significance.  ITS PLAYOFF TIME for the Lady Maverick Softball team and it
was a beautiful evening around Clayton field for the first round contest
between the Yellow Jackets of T.L. Hanna High and Mauldin's finest !  These
two teams met earlier this season in the semi-finals of Simpsonville's
Snowball Classic Pre-season Tournament in March.  The Lady Mavs prevailed
in that game but the Jackets played tough and limited the high powered
Mauldin Softballers to only 2 runs on 7 hits.
      It is also the time in the softball or baseball season when
individual statistics and accomplishments are subservient to what is best
for the team...winning and advancing is what matters !  Nonetheless, one
accomplishment stands out as both the rarest of feats on American clay
diamonds and as the dominant theme to the playoff game that took place in
Mauldin Thursday evening.  Clearly and obviously it takes a complete team
effort to be successful in team sports and the Mauldin win over TL Hanna on
Thursday was no exception.  It was great to see these hard-working young
ladies playing at near peak and excelling in all phases of the game they
      For the sake of brevity, the rare feat that was accomplished in
dominating fashion was a Perfect game thrown from the pitcher's mound by
Mauldin senior  pitcher, Ashley Bagwell and her battery-mate and fellow
senior Jordan Stovall.  Three Yellow Jackets came to the plate  each inning
with their bats cocked and their nerves steeled to break through, but
Bagwell and Stovall teamed up for 10 strikeouts and nary a base-on-balls or
hit batsman.  For their part, the Mauldin defense was also spotless and
solid - not a single error was committed and great catches on well struck
balls were chased down by Weslyn Jones in left and Kenzi Corn in center.
Bria Barnhill at second, Amelia Gillentine on first, and both Bagwell from
the mound and Stovall behind the plate fielded a handful of opportunities
from their positions flawlessly.  The balance of the team were errorless as
well, but without chances since the Mauldin pitching was so utterly
dominant in this contest.
      Of course to win, a softball team must perform on both sides of the
field, and Mauldin's Lady Mavs showed up on offense too !  The bottom of
the first went quickly as 3 batted balls were handled by the Lady Jacket
shortstop and leftfielder, but the bottom of the second would start
differently.  Catcher Jordan Stovall crushed the second pitch she saw into
the scoreboard above the leftfield fence and suddenly the game was 1-0 in
favor of the home team !  Senior Amelia Gillentine reached on an error by
the Hanna shortstop and was erased on a fielders choice a batter later.  A
lineout to 1st base ended the inning, but Mauldin had scored with one swing
all the runs that would be necessary to win this one...but who knew it at
that stage in the game ?
      The bottom of the third saw the top of the order get back into form.
Senior  Kenzi Corn beat out a 1 out infield hit and was moved to second on
a nice sacrifice bunt by Bria Barnhill.  Corn stole third but was sent to
the dugout on a fielders choice when , instead of throwing to first to get
the batter, the Jacket third baseman faked and then tagged the diving
Mauldin runner getting back to third.  Stovall was intentionally walked
before the inning was ended on a groundout to third.  The bottom of the
fourth would prove Mauldin's most productive of the game.  Gillentine,
red-hot at the plate lately, drove a double into the rightfield corner to
lead the attack.  Junior Krystina Simms came on and laid down a beautiful
sacrifice bunt that moved Gillentine to third.  Then Brooke Barnhill sliced
a single into leftfield to score Gillentine. A pitch later, Barnhill stole
second, but was caught trying to repeat the feat at third.  Freshman third
baseman Brianna Davis earned a base on balls to restart the offense with 2
outs  .   Corn was beaned high and tight and trotted to first moving Davis
to second.  Bria Barnhill then smacked a looper into leftfield that scored
Davis.  Dana Landers drove a ball high and deep to left that was misplayed
by the Hanna outfielder so Corn and Barnhill crossed the plate on the play.
With Landers opposite the plate on the diamond, the Hanna brain trust
decided to pitch to Stovall and she rewarded their confidence with an RBI
single to left that scored a hustling junior shortstop from second.
Jessica Lyles came on to run for Stovall and stole second to get into
scoring position, but five runs would be all for this inning as the next
Mauldin hitter grounded out to the Lady Jacket shortstop.
      With a 6-0 lead, Bagwell and Stovall continued their mastery of the
Hanna batting order, striking out the side in the top of the 5th, just as
they had done in the third inning.  In the bottom of the 5th, Hanna changed
pitchers, but not the results. Gillentine led off with another hit - this
time up the middle. Bagwell reached on a throwing error by the new Lady
jacket pitcher, moving her to second before Freshman Madison Tracy took
over her baserunning duties.  Brooke Barnhill hit hard to short but it was
fielded well...then thrown poorly to first, allowing Gillentine to score
for the second time in the game.  The wheels were coming off for the
visitors from Anderson as another error put Davis on first.  Corn smacked a
single to left to bring the elder Barnhill and Davis home with Mauldin's
8th and 9th runs of the game.  In spite of another two out hit by Bria
Barnhill pushing Corn into scoring position, Landers lined a shot back to
the pitcher's midsection which was caught for the third out before it
caused injury.  Bagwell, Stovall, and their Mauldin teammates would have to
sit three more batters down and push across another run to put this one in
the books or stop the Hanna Offense and top of the order a 7th time.
      In the top of the 6th, the Lady Mav infield did their job behind
Bagwell.  A fly ball out was corralled by Bria Barnhill in short rightfield
near the 1st base line, then a bouncer back to Bagwell was flipped to
Gillentine at first for the second out.  A grounder down the 1st base line
was handled by Gillentine unassisted for the third out and the no-hit,
perfect game was still intact.  Mauldin needed a run to finish this day's
work and help their steady veteran pitcher notch a milestone.  Stovall
didnt see much near the strike zone in her at bat leading off the bottom of
the 7th.  She walked on 5 pitches and was replaced on 1st by Junior Jessica
Lyles.  Katelyn Wagers then muscled a pitch off the neck of the bat into
leftfield for a hit that moved Lyles to second.  Gillentine then collected
her thrid hit of the night to load the bases.  Fittingly, Bagwell then
stepped to the plate and punched a single into rightfield that brought
Lyles home with Mauldin's 10th and game ending run.
      Thus Mauldin's Lady Mavs advance to the second round of the playoffs
- the district semi-finals.  1 down and 7 to go was a refrain heard in the
stands ! The ladies in Orange and brown's  next opponent is # 2 seed Spring
Valley, who will travel to Mauldin on Friday after school to play at 7:00
pm this evening at Clayton field.  This schedule accommodation was made by
Coach Terry so that the Spring Valley ladies could attend their prom on
Saturday evening...and may prove sage as well as sensitive if the weather
forecasts for Saturday are correct.  We hope the Spring valley team have
more fun Saturday than they have tonight !  GO MAVS !!!