(2009 - 2010) - Softball

vs. TBA,

Date: Apr. 30, 2010
Time: 07:00 PM
Location: Mauldin High School

Game 2 - Friday, April 30th: MHS 11 - Spring Valley 0                           game photos        WYFF4 clip

Landers and Gillentine play long ball in the MHS shutout of Spring Valley!                                 

         R   H   E 

SVHS   0    1   0
MHS    11  11  1
WP: A.Bagwell(19-2) 8k,1bb
Hitters: Kenzi Corn 2-2;Dana Landers 2-2,HR;
Kaitlyn Wagers 2-2;Amelia Gillentine 2-3,3b,2rHR;
Ashley Bagwell 1-3,2b;Brooke Barnhill 1-3;
Jessica Lyles 1-2
RBI/RS: K.Corn 1rbi/1rs;D.Landers 1rbi/3rs;
J.Stovall 2rs;K.Wagers 3rbi/1rs;
A.Gillentine 4rbi/2rs;A.BAgwell 1rbi/1rs;
Bk.Barnhill 1rs;J.Lyles 1rbi
Record: 22-2

      On another beautiful Upstate Spring Friday evening, the Mauldin Lady
Maverick Softball team crisply prepared to play host to Spring Valley High
- #2 seed from Region 4 and victors Thursday night over Clover in the first
round of the District Playoffs.  Beyond that, the Lady Vikings represented
an unknown quantity and mystery to the Mauldin Coaching Staff and team.
The two teams had never played before and had no common opponents in 2010.
All that the Mauldin team could and should have known was that the Ladies
in Green and White were a playoff team and that the Lady Mavs were going to
need to stay focused and keep playing well to stay on track towards their
      A potential setback emerged in the form of an injury to starting
third baseman, Brianna Davis, but Coach Joseph Terry confidently inserted
Junior Jessica Lyles into the starting slot and prepared for the opening
pitch.  senior Ashley Bagwell, coming off a Perfect game on Thursday
against Hanna, toed the rubber and promptly struck out the Viking's leadoff
hitter.  A walk to the second batter banished any thoughts of a repeat
performance, but her courtesy runner was quickly erased attempting to steal
second on a snap laser throw by Senior catcher Jordan Stovall and tag by
Junior shortstop Dana Landers.  Bagwell fanned the #3 Viking hitter on 4
pitches to earn the Lady Mavs their turn on offense in the first inning.
      What a memorable and exilhirating bottom of the first it would be !
Senior Kenzi Corn led off with a hit to left.  She was nicely pushed to
second on a sacrifice bunt from Bria Barnhill.  Whether it was scouting or
early game jitters, we cant know...but Dana Landers was hit by the third
pitch she saw and Jordan Stovall was walked for the 14th time in 2010, to
load the bases.  7th Grade D.P., Katelyn Wagers stepped to the plate and
punched the second pitch through the 5/6 hole to score Corn and Landers.
Three pitches later, Senior 1st baseman, Amelia Gillentine smashed a triple
into the right-field corner to drive home both Stovall's runner, Junior
Krystina Simms and Wagers, thus advancing the well tended scoreboard to 4
for the home team. With still only one out, Bagwell delivered a double into
the leftfield corner to drive in Gillentine.  Senior rightfielder Brooke
Barnhill beat out an infield single to move Bagwell's runner, Freshman
Madison Tracy to third.  A pitch later Barnhill stole second base.  On the
next pitch, Coach Terry called on his reserve third baseman, Lyles to
execute a squeeze bunt....she got it down and Tracy scored, but it was so
well placed that she beat the attempted throw to first for a hit and the
one-out rally continued !  After Lyles stole second base, Corn executed
another sacrifice squeeze bunt to score her year-round teammate and good
friend Barnhill and bring the score to 7-0 in favor of the Lady Mavs.  The
inning ended on a bouncer to the Spring Valley 1st baseman and a footrace
to the bag...narrowly won by the Lady Viking, who had only a quarter of the
distance to cover.
      Spring Valley led off the top of the second with a bloop hit into
leftfield.  The Visiting team and fans started to get excited again after
the 1st inning battering, but the cheers faded and rose again as Bagwell
struck out the next two batters before walking their #7 hitter. An outburst
emerged from the first base side of the field when Viking pitcher, Rachel
Mellin smacked a 6 foot high line drive just right of second base that
would have surely scored a run for the visitors, but their hopes were
dashed and the outburst became a murmur when second baseman, Bria Barnhill
broke well and early towards the ball and extended her petite frame into
the hole to snatch the third out and keep the shutout intact.
      Dana Landers led off the bottom of the second with a well struck
single to leftfield and stole second base before the first out was made on
a flyball to shortstop.  Katelyn Wagers got her second hit and third RBI of
the night when Landers hustled home from second on the hit to short
leftfield. Two infield outs prevented another inhospitable rally and inning
from the host team and Spring Valley jogged to their dugout to start the
third inning.  The next two at-bats by the visitors were thwarted by
excellent defense and a pair of strikeouts recorded by Bagwell and Stovall.
Landers and Gillentine put the 1st two outs of the third inning in the
books. Ks filled the third space in the third and the first space in the
4th for the visitors.  Senior leftfielder Weslyn Jones robbed a hit from
lady Viking Morgan Barker on a mid-depth line drive toward the line for the
second out... and she almost recorded the third with a long accurate throw
to first base that barely missed getting the diving lady Viking who had
advanced without tagging up, so sure was she that the drive would not be
caught. The next batter hit a hard grounder to third baseman, Jessica
Lyles, who scooped and threw hard to Gillentine for the third out in the
top of the 4th.
       Mauldin's 3rd offensive inning was only memorable for a line drive
basehit up the middle by Kenzi Corn. She smacked it on the 1st pitch she
saw bat with 2 outs and she watched the third one recorded from 1st base.
The bottom of the 4th would provide more for keepsake.  Dana Landers
signaled the end of the night for Lady Viking starting pitcher, Rachel
Mellin, and provided highlight footage for the local television
Sportscasters when she BOMBED a towering homer into the upper deck of
hundred year old trees behind the leftcenterfield fence and scored the Lady
Mav's 9th run of the game.  New pitcher Morgan Barker beaned Stovall three
pitches later so she wouldnt cost the game another ball.  Katelyn Wagers
sacrificed Simms, again running for Stovall, to second and with one out and
one on, Amelia Gillentine launched a low trajectory rocket over the
adjacent section of fence as Landers homer...not as far , nor as high, but
it left the yard much quicker and provided an appropriate welcome to the
mound for the new lady Viking pitcher as well as Mauldin's 10th and 11th
runs.  A couple of infield outs later the inning ended and the Lady Vikings
suddenly were down to their last three outs if they wanted to extend the
      Spring Valley's Lauren Skinner led off the top of the 5th with a bunt
to the right side.  It was fielded but thrown too high for the petite
second baseman covering 1st base.  The younger Barnhill caught the ball in
mid-air as Skinner crossed the bag. Skinner then surprised all but the
alert Stovall behind the plate, by stealing second base.  Representing only
the first of two runs needed by the Lady Vikings, Skinner was nearly erased
when the ball and her knee arrived at the same time into Landers' tagging
glove hand in advance of the base.  The ball was jarred loose, the runner
correctly called safe, and the coach and/or player need not answer to any
Saturday morning quarterbacks.  Leftfielder Jones tracked down a long and
dangerous fly ball to for the second out while the previously bold runner
did not advance out of respect for the leftfielder's arm and range. Bagwell
and Stovall bookended Jones' catch with a pair of strikeouts to seal the
game and put the Lady Mavs into the District Finals.  Bagwell finished the
game with 8 strikeouts in the one-hit shutout.  Double digit hits
(including a display of power) and better baserunning by the Mauldin
offense, as well as very fine defense (1 error) were key in this
second-round win for the Mauldin Softballers.
      Next up for the comely Juggernaut in orange and brown will be the
winner of the District loser's bracket (Clover, TL Hanna, or Spring Valley)
on Wednesday May 5th (Cinco de Mayo -   !) at 6:00 pm at home.  By that
time the field of contenders will have been cut in half as two teams from
each of the eight district sub-brackets will have been eliminated.  Sweet
16 in the state ? ...Yeah, good, congratulations... but keep up the good
work for this is not your destination, only a mile-marker on the journey !
2 down, 6 to go ! You've got what it takes to reach your gaols and final
destination - Stay focused and keep playing the great team Softball that
you are !  GO MAVS !