Lady Warhorses run through competition

  • Camryn Holloway of Barnwell High races toward first base in the fifth inning of Saturday’s tournament game against Strom Thurmond

Barnwell High head coach Carol Massengale wasn’t surprised when her team walked away with a 5-3 win Saturday afternoon over Strom Thurmond High in the Midland Valley High softball tournament.

The victory was the third straight in two days at the tournament. The Lady Warhorses also claimed wins over Saluda High and South Aiken High to advance them into the Feb. 28 final round where they will play Midland Valley for the title.

“I thought we played well in the scrimmages and that momentum seemed to have spilled over into this tournament,” Massengale said. “Today’s game was another good example of how good we can be when we execute in all phases. Kelci Brown did a great job on the mound. We had several players that stepped up with their bats and defensively, we didn’t have many mistakes.”

The key to the Lady Warhorses’ success in the Midland Valley tournament has been its hitting. The Lady Warhorses have gotten the best of the opposition at the plate with a 22-8 scoring edge.

“Through the first three games we did a good job of putting the ball in play and running the bases,” Massengale said.

In the team’s win over Strom Thurmond, Kaylie Pridgen highlighted the offense with three hits and two RBIs. In the first inning, Pridgen’s two-run RBI double scored Kelci Brown and Kyra Shuler. She batted in Meleah Williams in the third inning with a RBI single to deep centerfield.

In all, the Lady Warhorses finished with 11 hits in the contest. Also enjoying a good day at the plate were Kelci Brown, Alyssa Still and Kyra Shuler with two hits each.

Kelci Brown turned in another solid performance on the diamond. Through her complete game, seven innings out, Brown allowed only two earned runs while striking out seven.

Defensively, except for a couple of hiccups in the seventh inning, the Lady Warhorses played pretty much an error-free game.

Players leading a solid effort on the unit included Anna Beth Grissom, Meleah Williams, Rachel Creech, Kyra Shuler, MaKayla Anderson and Kaylie Pridgen.

In the Lady Warhorses’ 10-5 win over South Aiken, the team belted out 11 hits through seven innings.

On the mound, the Lady Warhorses kept the Lady Thoroughbred bats in check as Kelci Brown and Alyssa Still combined to throw a six-hitter with eight strikeouts.

In that contest, Barnwell High got on the scoreboard in its first at-bat. Fueled by RBI doubles from Kaylie Bridgmon and Alyssa Still, the Lady Warhorses raced out of the stable for a 4-0 lead. Also coming up big at the plate in the inning was Camryn Holloway, who delivered a two-out RBI single.

Players scoring in the inning included Kelci Brown, Kyra Shuler, Kaylie Pridgen and Anna Beth Grissom.

Down by six runs, the Lady Thoroughbreds answered. The team plated four runs off five hits over next two innings to narrow the lead at 6-4.

After watching their six-run lead trimmed to two runs, the Lady Warhorses fired back with their bats in the fourth inning.

Anna Beth Grissom got the troops going again with a two-run RBI double. In all, the Lady Warhorses scored four runs off three hits to extend their lead at 10-4.

From there, Brown closed out the game, retiring seven of the final nine batters faced.