After squandering a three-run lead in a 6-5 home loss to Edisto High March 14, the Barnwell High varsity softball team looked to be headed for a tough road.
That setback, however, was been nothing but a distant memory for the Lady Warhorses. Since then, the Lady Warhorses have regained their stride to the tune of six straight wins, including a dominating 4-0 shutout of region rival Silver Bluff Thursday in Barnwell.
With the win, Barnwell High moves into a three-way tie with Edisto High and Silver Bluff for first place in the region. The team improves to 12-2 overall.
Against Silver Bluff High, Barnwell High coach Carol Massengale got a solid performance from senior right-hander Rebekah DeBruhl, who worked seven innings with three hits allowed and six strikeouts.
"Rebekah DeBruhl has really done a terrific job pitching this season," Massengale said.
"She's one of our few seniors who leads by example. I thought she did an outstanding job throwing strikes and staying in front of their hitters."
At the plate, the Lady Warhorses exploded on the Lady Bulldogs' pitching for nine hits. Leading the way were freshman Kelci Brown and Kyra Shuler. Brown went two for three with a run scored. Shuler, who also scored a run, finished with two hits and a RBI.
Several others stepping up with their bats included Gillie Smith, Victoria Schatzer, Taylor Ward and Laken Pritchard, each with a single.
In other action, the Lady Warhorses outlasted the Lady Thoroughbreds of South Aiken High by a score of 10-7 March 25 in Aiken.
Barnwell High jumped out to a 5-0 lead only to see South Aiken High rally to tie the game at 7-7 going into the fifth inning.
Barnwell High responded by scoring three runs in the sixth inning to put the game away.
On the mound, Kelci Brown recorded the win for the Lady Warhorses. She went the distance with six hits allowed and four strikeouts.
"We had some really good at-bats, especially when we had runners on base. Overall It was a very good win against a talented South Aiken team," said Massengale.
Offensively, the Lady Warhorses got on the scoreboard in the first inning. For BHS, Brown, Shuler and Schatzer each singled and scored. DeBruhl and Pritchard had RBI singles in the inning.
In the third inning, the Lady Warhorses stretched their lead to 5-0 when Taylor Ward drove in DeBruhl and Pritchard on a RBI double.
After being blanked on the scoreboard for two innings, the Lady Thoroughbreds found their stride, scoring seven runs in the third and fourth innings to tie the game at 7-7.
The score remained that way until the sixth inning when the Lady Warhorses scored on runs by Schatzer, Brown and Pritchard to put the game away.
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