Barnwell softball wins title

  • Kelci Brown of BHS had a four-hit and six strikeout performance in the title game against Midland Valley.

When the Midland Valley Lady Mustangs played Barnwell High Thursday, March 2 in the Mustangs Palmetto Classic Tournament championship game, they failed to match the Lady Warhorses energy.

For the second time in the tournament, the Lady Warhorses encountered little trouble with the host team as they rolled to an easy 12-2 win.

With the victory, the Lady Warhorses completed the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.

Barnwell High coach Carol Massengale said winning the tournament was a good accomplishment.

”Coming away with the championship trophy is a great momentum boost for our team,” Massengale said. “I believe we have a really good group this year, but it’s more important that we go out and play well. Overall, I thought we did a really good job in this tournament.”

In the title game, it didn’t take long for the Lady Warhorses to get their bats cranked up.

After falling behind 1-0, Anna Beth Grissom got the offense going with a lead-off single in the second inning. Moments later after Alyssa Still reached base, Grissom tied the game when she scored from second on an RBI single by Camryn Holloway.

In the third inning, the Lady Warhorses took their first lead of the game. Grissom came up big at the plate again with an RBI single that scored Kyra Shuler.

Tied at 2-2, the Lady Warhorses regained the advantage fourth inning. Again it was Anna Beth Grissom causing problems for the Lady Mustangs’ pitching. Grissom highlighted a five-run inning with a two-run RBI double.

Leading 7-4, the Lady Warhorses added to their advantage in the fifth inning. This time, Kaylie Pridgen did the damage at the plate. Pridgen fueled a four-run inning with a two-run RBI single.

Players scoring in the inning included Kelci Brown, Meleah Williams and Kyra Shuler.

The 10-run lead was more than enough for Barnwell High righthander Kelci Brown. Brown silenced the Lady Thoroughbreds’ bats, allowing just four hits with six strikeouts.

For the tournament, Kelci Brown was selected Most Valuable Player for the tournament.

Players named to the all-tournament team included Ann Beth Grissom and Kaylie Pridgen.