2011 Softball, Team

2011 Sports Banquet

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Six players named All Region: Katelyn Wagers, Amanda Storch, Dana Landers, Madison Tracey, Brianna Davis and Bria Barnhill.

Dana Landers -All State

Maverick Awards: Bria Barnhill and Madison Tracey aka right side duo

Offensive Awards: Dana Landers and Brianna Davis

Defensive Awards: Amanda Storch and Katelyn Wagers

Coach's Award: Deanna Sullivan

2011 Coach of the year: Coach Terry

Congratulations to our Lady Mavs! It was a terrific season and a wonderful group of young ladies and coaches!


Posted in 2011 Softball, Team by JoyeDavis

As a former reporter for the Mauldin Varsity Softball program, I just
want to say a hearty and heartfelt  "Thanks" to all of the Coaches, the
players, the parents, and the friends of the Lady Mavs who have made up the
FAMILY that I have so richly and greatly enjoyed the last 5 years !  First
and foremost, I have been, am, and will continue to be a proud Fan of the
Mauldin High Softball program.  It has been an honor and a privilege to
have been able to announce and write about the game and the girls that I
cannot help but love and appreciate for their spirit, grace, heart,
dedication and talent.  Thanks to all of you who have supported and
encouraged me, and much moreso and importantly, who have supported and
encouraged my daughter during the past half decade.


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      Under clear blue evening skies that turned into a still and cloudless
night, the young Mauldin Varsity Softball team's exciting season came to an
abrupt and bittersweet end Monday night at Clayton Field at the hands of
arch-rival Hillcrest 1-3.  It was an elimination game in the Upper State
playoff bracket of the 4A State Championship tournament.  The top 8 teams
in the state were in action on this night and for two of those Elite teams,
their seasons would be over.  The Hillcrest Lady Rams (20-9, District 3
Champions) entered this game after having been drubbed by JL Mann (District
4 champs) in the opening round, 10-0.  Mauldin (26-3, Region and District 2
Champions) limped home from Boiling Springs after suffering a
mistake-filled and offensively meager loss at the hands of the Lady
Bulldogs (District 1 Champs), 2-3.


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    ... 2 outs, bottom of the 8th, bases empty, Boiling Springs best hitter -
2010 All-State outfielder Alaynie Page (who had earlier doubled) at the
plate...With one pitch and swing, the 2-2 tie was broken and the game over
in favor of the Lady Bulldogs after the solo homerun.  It was a bitter pill
to swallow, and probably could have been avoided...but having said that,
averting a walk-off homer in the 8th is not the same as winning....and the
Lady Mavs had opportunities to change the complexion of the game that they
failed to capitalize on long before the bottom of the 8th.


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      As the Sun settled behind the trees in Spring Valley, The coaches
exchanged lineup cards and met with the rotated umpiring crew at the plate
before the District 2 Championship Final.  For Mauldin's Coach Joseph Terry
there would be no lineup changes, but there were questions to be answered
after the roller-coaster emotional game his charges had just won...Could
his team match their 11 hit performance of the first game ?  Would his
infield's uncharacteristic error woes continue into the second game ?  Did
his pitcher have enough left in the tank to match her brilliant 12 K
performance of the previous game ?  Without all of those answers, Coach
Terry won the toss and thus his would be the Home team in the
Winner-take-all District Final.  But where was Amanda ?  This answer didnt
take long - even Aces have to pee !
     As Miss Storch ran to the circle and toed the rubber for the top of
the first, several of the unknowns would begin to gather evidence of
clarity.  She struck out the Lady Viking lead-off batter that had tallied
three hits in the first game.  A fine play by Sophomore third baseman
Brianna Davis to Madison Tracey at first lit up the second out light on the
scoreboard, and the A-Train struck out the big first baseman again to send
the possibly shell-shocked Lady Vikes on defense in the opening frame.


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      The showdown for the District 2 Championship was set for Wednesday
evening at 5:30
at Spring Valley High School.  Mauldin Varsity Softball
team lost their right to host the Finals by virtue of a (lack of) offensive
performance against the Lady Vikings of Spring Valley 4 days earlier.  Thus
the Mauldin Softballers got on the bus after lunch and 1/2 day of school
and travelled to Richland County, North of Columbia under clear blue skies.
The Lady Mavs arrived at the Dormanesque campus and walked beside the
arched brick colonnades of the football stadium overlooking the large but
less architecturally post-modern softball field.  Not only did the young
Mavericks need to exact revenge upon the Lady Vikings for the earlier 1-0
defeat, but they would need to defeat them twice to claim the District
crown which had been earned by this team's predecessors in each of the past
three years. To be successful Mauldin would have to continue to play the
good defense and get the excellent pitching performances they had ridden to
this point, but they would have to hit more consistently as a team than
they had in their previous 4 games.

District II Champs

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Mauldin softball wins! Mauldin won both games and is District II champ!! First upperstate game is Saturday against Boiling Springs. Way to go, Lady Mavs!!


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      The sky was overcast, but not ominous, on a Monday evening as The
Lady Maverick Varsity Softball team sought to keep their playoff hopes
alive against the visiting Lady Wildcats of Woodmont.  Woodmont had
survived an elimination game on Saturday by defeating Gaffney to earn the
right to play in a second elimination round of the District 2 playoff
bracket.  As an opponent the Woodmont softball team is sound, not ominous.
Their lineup is young, but neither explosive nor powerful. They are
opportunistic, making few mistakes but capitalizing on those of their
opponents.  The Lady Mavs defeated Region 1's 4th place Lady Cats in the
first round of the district playoffs last week,  4-0 on a 1 hit, 7K,
shutout pitching performance by Freshman Amanda Storch, an errorless
performance by the Mauldin defense and an 11 hit performance by the Lady
Mavs offense.  The rematch would be less one sided and closer !  The
Woodmont squad brought a good bit more confidence to Mauldin's Clayton
Field Monday night, but it didnt show as the game got underway.  In each of
the first two Woodmont offensive innings one runner reached base safely -
via a base on balls in the first and via a throwing error to first in the
second, but in both cases there were two outs when the offending Lady Cats
arrived and a batter later when both returned to the visitors dugouts with
their teammates to get their gloves and defensive equipment.  Sophomore
Brianna Davis recorded 3 of the first 6 outs, while Storch got one via
strikeout and outfielders Jessica Lyles and Emma Swearingen each corralled
flyouts in the second.


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On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, the Lady Vikings of Spring
, Runner-up in Region 4 with a record of 18-9, travelled to Mauldin's
Clayton Field for a District 2 second round playoff game against the Region
2 and defending 4A State champion Lady Mavericks of Mauldin High.
      The game was scoreless and errorless through 5 complete innings as
Mauldin's Phenomenal Freshman Pitcher, Amanda Storch and Spring Valley's
accomplished Rachel Mellin dueled with nearly identical pitching lines
while both of their defenses played solidly.  Mellin struck out 1, walked
none, and yielded three hits through five innings including a leadoff
single to Mauldin Freshman Deanna Sullivan in the 3rd inning, and back to
back, 2 out singles to Sophomore Madison Tracey and Freshman Emma
Swearingen in the 4th inning.  In both cases, the Lady Mavs failed to
deliver the clutch hit that would bring their precious few runners home via
the all important 5 sided base guarded by an armored goalkeeper and a man
in blue.

Mavs 4 Woodmont 0

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     On a beautiful evening the day after Tornados ravaged Tuscaloosa,
Alabama and brushed the foothills of Western South Carolina,  The Region 2
Champion Mauldin Varsity Softball team opened the SCHSL 4A District
Playoffs at home against Region 1 fourth place finisher, the Woodmont
      The Lady Mavs freshman Ace, Amanda Storch took the circle after
introductions and the national anthem and sat the top of the Lady Cats
batting order down sequentially on three ground balls to the Mauldin
infield in the top of the 1st.  She did the same to the middle of the
Woodmont order in the second with a strikeout and two fly outs to her
Captain and shortstop, Dana Landers.  In the top of the third, the bottom
of the visitors order struck out twice and popped up to Brianna Davis at
third base as Storch pitched perfectly through three innings.

Mauldin 2 Hillcrest 3

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Mavs 5 Dorman 4

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Mavs Earn Region II Title With 7-2 Win Over Cavs

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The Lady Mavs traveled to the University of Dorman to take on the Lady Cavaliers and attempt to win their fourth straight 4A region II crown.  Due to some odd scheduling, this would be the first meeting between the two teams in 2011 with the return game to take place at Clayton field on the very next day.  Though the Lady Cavs were currently mired in 6th place in the very tough seven team region, they had played their region rivals tough all year and would prove to be anything but a push over.

Truly Seniors' Night as Mavs Defeat Bobcats 6-1

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 The Seneca Bobcats traveled to Mauldin Wednesday night to take on our Lady Mavs.  It was senior night at Clayton field and thus a very special night for three of the Lady Mavs and their families. Seniors Dana Landers, Jessica Lyles and Krystina Sims were honored with the traditional  pre-game ceremony for all their contributions to the Mauldin High softball program throughout their careers.  It was a wonderful tribute to three very special young ladies.

Mavs Hold Off Bulldogs 3-2

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The Lady Mavs, fresh off their exciting win over rival JL Mann, ventured to Boiling Springs on Monday to take on the Lady Bulldogs in another pivotal region II contest.  Although Monday’s game wasn’t nearly as crucial as the last time the Mavs visited Boiling Springs, a double header for the 2010 upper state championship, it was a big game all the same.  Another win over Boiling Springs would give Mauldin the tiebreaker over both the second and third place teams and inch ever closer to winning the regular season region II championship.

Susan G Komen For The Cure

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Lady Mavs softball team hosted a softball clinic with 39 area kids ranging from 5-13 years of age to benefit the Susan G Komen For The Cure in honor of Tarah Smith.  The girls did a variety of stations, had lunch, enjoyed a home run derby, warrior ball, popsicles, a talk by John Lyles and prizes! 

Lady Mavs Softball ranks in top 25

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The USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association High School Top 25 is compiled by state representatives from across the country. Records include all games played through April 3, 2011. Among the criteria considered is a school's strength of schedule, the quality of competition in its state or league, and the quality of its players.

USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25 - April 7, 2011: http://www.nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=9

Mauldin 7 Mann 5

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It was a veritable who’s who of upstate softball as fans packed the stands to see the rematch of the top two teams in region II AAAA.  Mauldin edged out Mann 2-1 in the initial contest, but that game was played without the services of Mann’s pitching ace Leslie Jury as she was out with back spasms.  So even though Mauldin had leaped ahead of Mann in the rankings, there was still much to prove as much to themselves as to everyone else.  Adding to the atmosphere, the theme of the night was breast cancer awareness. Each team donned pink jerseys and socks and the game balls were also pink.  Breast cancer survivor Tarah Smith did the honors of throwing out the first pitch to start this highly anticipated game.

Mavs Shutout Riverside

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       Wednesday evening at Clayton field on the Campus of Mauldin High
School, the Lady Warrior Softball team visited for the rematch of a game at
Riverside High, won decisively (13-1) by the Lady Mavs. Unlike the cold and
windy evening of March 24th, the weather on this April evening was perfect
for players and spectators alike !  The Mauldin Softballers were to play
their second of three consecutive Region games during a pivotal week,
having dispatched Byrnes on Tuesday and with JL Mann looming Thursday. The
matchup appeared on the surface to lean heavily in favor of the Home ladies
in Orange and White, but Riverside, despite its humble win loss record and
apparent youth, has several very capable players and is a team that knows
how the game is played.


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      Tuesday evening the young 2011 Mauldin Varsity Softball team went on
the road to face the State's 4A  #9 Ranked Byrnes Lady Rebels in Duncan for
another pivotal Region 2 matchup.  The traditionally tough Byrnes team -
Twice State Champions  (1994 and 2000), had payback on their minds for a
4-1 loss they suffered in Mauldin last month to Freshman Amanda Storch, who
held the Lady Rebels to 3 hits, and the hot bats of Bria Barnhill, Dana
Landers, and Kaitlyn Wagers who led the offensive attack the last time
these two teams faced off.  This rematch would prove to be neither the
pitcher's duel nor low scoring affair that the March contest was  , even
though the batteries and batting orders reflected little change.