Barnwell split playoff games

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Michael Young - Sports Editor

The Barnwell High baseball team split games in the first two rounds of the District 5 AA playoffs.
The Warhorses got off to a high note in the opening round with a win over Woodland High.
However, in the second round, the Warhorses encountered a bit of tough luck.
Plagued by mistakes and poor base running, the Warhorses fell to Wade Hampton High.
"We played really well against Woodland and just fell a part with mistakes against Wade Hampton," Barnwell High coach Don Mims said.
On Thursday in their first round game, the Warhorses scattered 11 hits in a 9-6 win over the Woodland High.
The Warhorses struck first on the scoreboard. The team built an early 3-0 lead as Dylan Brant, Ricky Hartzog and Rylan Still all singled and scored in the first inning.
Justin Rideway and Seth Chestnut each had RBIs in the inning.
In the third inning, Ridgeway scored off a double by James Plexico to put the Warhorses ahead at 4-0.
Down by four runs, the Wolverines struck back in the top of the fourth inning with three runs off three hits.
Moments later, however, got their lead back up in the bottom of the fourth inning. For BHS, Tyrin Williams and Parker Pritchard reached on singles and scored for a 6-3 lead.
In the fifth inning, the Warhorses maintained the momentum.
The team went ahead 9-6 on runs by Plexico and Chestnut.
The three-run cushion was all senior right-hander Ricky Hartzog needed.
Hartzog, who retired three of the last four batters faced, went the distance with seven-hits allowed and four strikeouts.
"Big win for our ball club to start the playoffs," Mims said.
On Saturday in the second round of the playoffs against region rival Wade Hampton High, emotions ran high.
The teams split during the regular season with each winning on its home field.
The third encounter, however, was highlighted by several controversial calls that had coaches and umpires huddling on the infield to sort matters out.
Amidst of all the controversy, the game turned into a very competitive contest that saw the Red Devils come away with a 7-5 win.
The Warhorses got on the scoreboard in the first inning.
Brant reached base after being hit by a pitch. Brant then stole second and third base before advancing to home plate off a throwing error.
The Warhorses' one-run lead lasted until the top of the fifth inning.
Marred by throwing errors, the Warhorses surrendered three runs off two hits and trailed 3-1.
Unfortunately for the Warhorses, the trend of miscues continued in the sixth inning as two more costly errors allowed the Red Devils to stretch their lead at 4-1.
The Warhorses fell behind as much as 7-1 before mounting a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning.
For Barnwell High, Jamir Dunbar ended a five-inning drought, scoring from second off a single by Hartzog. One batter later, Brant came home off a hit by Rylan Still.
Moments later, the Warhorses narrowed the game to 7-5.
On the play Hartzog scored from third base off a hit by Chestnut. Still then followed at home plate off a throwing error.
After reeling off four straight runs, the Warhorses' rally, however, quickly ended with a strikeout by the next batter.