An opportunity to avenge a loss can drive a team to push a little harder against the opposition.
For the Barnwell High Lady Warhorses, that was the case in their April 4 rematch with region rival Edisto High.
The teams first met on March 14 in Barnwell. In that game, the Lady Warhorses raced to a 3-0 lead only to see the Lady Cougars claw back in the late innings for a 5-4 win.
The rematch turned into another closely contested game.
This time, however, the Lady Warhorses gave their own version of a parting gift in Cordova as they prevailed by a score of 6-5.
Barnwell High's triumph was paved by a good all-around performance by Rebekah Debruhl.
On the mound, the right-handed senior earned her 12th win of the season. Debuhl tossed a four hitter with two walks and five strikeouts.
At the plate, Debruhl batted .775 as she went three for four with a single, two doubles and two RBIs.
With the win, Barnwell High moves into first place in the region with a record of 7-1.
Barnwell High's overall mark is 14-4 in the standings.
Barnwell High coach Carol Massengale said the team played mistake-free softball.
"I felt we had a little something to prove, especially after our first outing with them," Massengale said.
"This victory is just a great credit to all of the players on the team. They continue to stay consistent, which is probably one of the most important aspects of any winning team. When you are playing this caliber of competition, you have to show up to play. I thought we did a good job of that today."
It took awhile for the Lady Warhorses to unleashed their bats on the Lady Cougars.
After recording just two hits through the first four innings, the Lady Warhorses found rhythm in the fifth inning.
Trailing 2-0, the hitting started when Kaylie Pridgen reached on a single, then advanced to third off a double by Kelci Brown.
One batter later, Kyra Shuler lined a single to deep center, scoring Pridgen and Brown. Debruhl followed by scoring Shuler off a double to center field.
Moments later, the Lady Warhorses increased their lead to 5-2 when Gillie Smith brought home Debruhl and Laken Pritchard with a double.
The Lady Cougars responded with three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the score at 5-5.
The Lady Cougars' comeback attempt ended one inning later. For the second time in the game, Smith came up big at the plate with a RBI double. This time, Smith scored DeBruhl, who reached on a double for the winning run.
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