Area softball teams play to tie
The Bamberg-Ehrhardt High and Barnwell High junior varsity softball game turned into a competitive contest Wednesday in Barnwell.
As a matter of fact, the Lady Red Raiders and Lady Warhorses were so evenly matched that they battled to a 5-5 tie after five innings.
The game was called by the officials after five innings because the teams had played its allowable one hour and 15 minutes.
Barnwell coach Michael Watkins said his team made mistakes, but made some good plays late.
“We hurt ourselves with a few errors today, but that doesn’t take away from the great rally we had late to tie the score,” Watkins said. “We’re a young group, but we have been making progress over the last couple of weeks. Right now, we just have to learn to eliminate mistakes and take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.”
Bamberg-Ehrhardt High coach Robert Williams said his team responded well after a slow start.
“We fell behind early, but we never lost our poise as a team. We were able to keep the game close until our bats finally came around in the fifth inning. We had the lead and a chance to win the game, but we made too many mistakes in the last inning,” Williams said.
The game started out very bright for the Lady Warhorses. Taylor Williams singled, stole second and scored off a hit by Tori Boyles.
The 1-0 advantage by the Lady Warhorses held up until the top of the fifth inning.
After going scoreless for four innings, the Lady Red Raiders’ bats came alive in the top of the fifth inning.
Behind Olivia Proveaux’s two-run RBI double, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High plated five runs to take a 5-1 lead. Players scoring runs in the inning included Zorria Hayes, Abby Seigler, Muriel Jowers and Maggie Williams.
Trailing 5-1, the Lady Warhorses answered in their last at-bat. Kayson Holden got the troops going with a lead off single. After a hit by Skyler Hooper, Tori Boyles belted a double to deep centerfield, scoring two runs. Makenzie Still followed with a single, scoring Boyles. Still then scored off a hit by Ashton Hanberry to tie the game at 5-5.
With one out and runners and first and second, the Lady Warhorses had a chance to take the lead, but the Lady Red Raiders came up big defensive and recorded the final two outs.