(2009 - 2010) - Softball

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Date: May. 05, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: Mauldin High School

Game 3 - Wednesday, May 5th: MHS 7 - T.L. Hanna 1

game photos

Corn and Wagers lead MHS to the District 2 Championship!

     R  H  E 

HHS   1   4  4
MHS   7  7  1 
WP: A. Bagwell(20-2) 7k,1bb
Hitters: K.Corn 1-4;Ba.Barnhill 1-4;
D.Landers 1-4; J.Stovall 4bb;
K.Wagers 1-3,3rHR;A.Gillentine 1-3, HR;
B.Davis 2-3
RBI/RS: K.Corn 2rs; Ba.Barnhill 1rbi/1rs;
D.Landers 1rbi/1rs; J.Stovall 1rs;
K.Wagers 3rbi/1rs;A.Gillentine 2rbi/1rs;
Record:  23-2


      It was another Chamber of Commerce Day in Mauldin on Wednesday  when
the Yellow Jackets from TL Hanna High in Anderson came to Clayton Field for
the District Championships.  Hanna had emerged from the Loser's Bracket
after suffering an opening round defeat at the hands of the lady Mavs, 10-0
on a night when Ashley Bagwell tossed a perfect game at the Lady Jackets.
Since that time they racked up decisive wins against Clover and Spring
Valley, clubbing 16 hits in the latter game to reach the finals.  Hanna
would have to beat the Lady Mavs twice on this night...a tall order against
a Mauldin team playing confidently and well in all phases of the game in
their two previous District tournament outings.
      Hanna's Savannah Carpenter stepped into the box to face Mauldin
Senior pitcher, Ashley Bagwell to lead off the game.  The lefty laced the
first pitch into leftfield for a hit and a few pitches later advanced to
second on a passed ball.  So much for a repeat performance of perfection
from the Senior Battery of Bagwell and Stovall, but they quickly rebounded
and retired the next three batters in order with help from Senior
leftfielder Weslyn Jones, Freshman third baseman Brianna Davis, and senior
first baseman Amelia Gillentine who made the plays on batted balls to
retire the side.
      Mauldin Senior centerfielder led off for the home team by reaching
first safely on a slap hit mishandled by the Hanna third baseman. Corn
promptly stole second base and a passed ball allowed her to take third.
Sophomore Bria Barnhill pushed a single through the 3-4 hole to drive corn
across the plate for the games 1st run.  The younger Barnhill then stole
second and watched as the first out was recorded on a hard shot to third
base, successfully fielded and thrown to 1st while Barnhill moved to third.
Jordan Stovall was intentionally walked and replaced on the bases by Junior
Jessica Lyles, who also stole second base to put a pair in scoring position
for a couple of hot hitters - Katelyn Wagers and Amelia Gillentine.  Wagers
reached on an error by the pitcher to load the bases.  When Gillentine was
walked, Barnhill was pushed across the plate with Mauldin's second run.  A
pair of fielder's choices ended the inning, the first of which forced Lyles
out at the plate.  More damage was possible, but the Lady Mavs has asserted
themselves effectively and early.
      In the top of the second, it was more good defense as Senior
rightfielder Brooke Barnhill caught a fly for the first out and Bagwell
struck out the next to alight two bulbs under the "OUTS" indicator on the
scoreboard. Another grounder to Landers  at short, fielded and thrown
solidly to Gillentine at first, sent the Lady Jackets back on defense.
Mixing it up, the Hanna team rotated three starters in a pitching change
for the second inning, but it would not be evident that this was a
successful strategy.  A groundout to second started the bottom of the
second with a Mauldin out, but Kenzi Corn slashed a single through the 5-6
hole and stole second again to get into scoring position.  A strikeout left
Mauldin down to their last out of the second frame but Junior shortstop
Dana Landers fisted a bloop single into left to score Corn.  Landers was
pushed to second by the intentional walk of the "not so secret" power
hitter, Stovall.  Mauldin middle school's Katelyn Wagers stepped to the
plate and showed that she deserved respect and that by walking Stovalll
they only added another run to their deficit when she lifted a booming 3
run Homer just left of centerfield.  Hot-hitting and hustling Amelia
Gillentine followed with an inside-the-park homer to the rightfield corner.
The Hanna rightfielder made a great laying-out effort to catch the long
ball on the fly but she couldnt quite reach it, and in the time necessary
to regain her feet, retrieve, and relay the ball, Gillentine had circled
the bases to give the Lady Mavs a commanding 7-0 lead.  A flyout in the
infield ended the rally, but didndt dampen the spirits of the home team or
its fans.         Bagwell and Stovall cruised in the third and fourth
innings.  In the former, Bagwell struck out two then gave up her second hit
of the game to the same batter (Carpenter) who got the first.  Carpenter
didnt go far or last long on the bases as Bagwell struck out the next
batter on 4 pitches to thwart any hopes of a rally.  In the top of the
fourth, Bagwell and Stovall put a strikeout on both sides of a great play
by Brianna Davis, who dove into the hole for a bouncer, caught it and threw
to first from her knees to record the second out.  Davis got a one out hit
for the lady Mavs in the bottom of the third but couldnt score because of a
nice play by the visitors. Kenzi Corn reached on a throwing error by the
Hanna third baseman but was doubled off first when Bria Barnhill launched a
rocket to the pitcher who caught the ball and quickly threw to first to
complete the inning ending double play.  The Mauldin 4th inning was quick
and uninspiring as well.  A groundout to third was followed by the
obligatory intentional walk to Stovall.  This time however, her courtesy
runner (Lyles) was caught trying to steal second for the second out.
Another groundout to the Hanna third baseman, who was getting a workout,
ended the fourth with the Lady Mavericks of Mauldin still holding a 7-0
      Lady jacket third baseman Krystal Corasio led off the top of the 5th
with a hit up the middle.  The next batter flied out to Corn in centerfield
and a rare walk followed putting runners on 1st and second.  Hanna
Designated Player (hitter) Brittany Biggs, hit a long fly into the
leftfield corner that Weslyn Jones made a great effort to corral, but with
a clang of chain link, the ball fell for an RBI single, scoring Corasio for
the Yellow jackets first run against Mauldin in two and 2/3s games.  Cagey
Coach Terry and a pair of Seniors combined a pitch later to pick-off the
runner at second.  Landers and Barnhill laid off covering the bag behind
the runner, giving the unsuspecting baserunner a false sense of security
leading off the bag.  Stovall made a hard snap throw to second and her
stealthy senior teammate, Corn covering the bag.  Corn caught the perfectly
thrown ball and made a quick tag onto the diving and reaching arms of the
Hanna runner for the second out on a pickoff play.  The third out was
caught by Davis in foul territory near the third base dugout, giving the
freshman a short walk into offensive mode.  The bottom of the 5th was
uneventful except for a two out hit by that same Mauldin third baseman,
back from injury and swinging a good bat on this night. Brooke Barnhill who
had earned a base on balls in front of Davis, was forced out at third to
end the inning without further damage to the deficit facing the ladies in
Black and Gold.
      Hanna had just 6 more outs to try and surmount the Lady mavs lead,
but it was not to be.  Two strikeouts and a bounder to the mound notched
three quick outs for the visitors in the top of the sixth.  Mauldin didnt
muster much more in the bottom of the sixth...only a 4th intentional walk
to Stovall and another stolen base by Lyles.  And when down to their last
three outs in the top of the seventh, Hanna put the bat on the ball, but
they never left the infield.  The first out was made on a routine groundout
to Bria Barnhill at second.  The second out was anything but routine as the
Sophomore second baseman broke towards the line drive hit just right of
Bagwell - chest high and rising. She leapt and made a  beautiful backhanded
catch of the line drive before it could become a double, for the second
out.  the final out was recorded on a slow roller, fielded by Bagwell and
thrown to Gillentine at 1st to end the game and wrap up the third
consecutive District Championship for the Mauldin Maverick Softball team
and the second for Coach Joseph Terry.
      Next up for the Lady Mav Softballers is a Saturday evening opening
round game of the Upper state tournament against Laurens high at Mauldin's
Clayton Field starting at 6:00 pm. 3 down and 5 to go, but the road gets
tougher from here.  The Lady Mavs have not faced the Laurens team,
Champions of Region 1, in 2010, who were forced into an if necessary game
in District 1 by the Region 2 fourth place Byrnes Rebels, before winning by
two late Wednesday night.   The rest of the Upper state bracket is familiar
giving credence to the Claim that Region 2 is the toughest in the
state...Boiling Spings (2nd place in Region 2) won the District 4 bracket
and Hillcrest (3rd place in Region 2) won the District 3 bracket, both on
the same night that Mauldin Claimed District 2.
      Congratulations to the Lady Mavs Coaching Staff and team on another
fine win and feather in their caps...but now things get serious as the road
to the state championship has only 8 teams (of 32 who started the playoffs)
left on the journey.  Good Luck ladies and keep up the good work !  Come
support our Softballers Saturday night at 6:00 pm - GO MAVS !!!