Barnwell High softball remains unbeaten

  • Barnwell High third baseman Kyra Shuler prepares to fire the ball to first base in Wednesday’s region game against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

There is a calm, business-like demeanor to the Barnwell High varsity softball team. After finishing off Bamberg-Ehrhardt High 8-1 at home Wednesday, March 22, there was little celebration from the group as they went through the normal post-game field sprints.

“Right now, every win is important. We knew coming in Bamberg was going to be a good test for us, so we came out focused and ready to play. It was a good team win, but we’re not satisfied just yet. We want to keep moving forward,” Barnwell High Coach Carol Massengale said.

With the win, Barnwell High stays unbeaten at 13-0 overall and 5-0 in region play.

At the start of the game, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High put up a good fight against Barnwell High, drawing even at 1-1 after two and a half innings of play.

The Lady Warhorses entered the pivotal third inning with just three hits.

That, however, quickly changed in the third inning. The team erupted for five runs in the inning to take a commanding 6-1 lead. The scoring started with Anna Beth Grissom singling to bring in a run. Allyssa Still followed with a two-run RBI double. After the Lady Warhorses scored off an error, Camryn Holloway stepped to the plate and blasted a RBI triple.

The lead would hold up behind the pitching of Kelci Brown. Brown silenced the Lady Red Raiders at the plate with nine strikeouts on the evening.

The Lady Warhorses completed the game with a total of nine hits. Kylie Bridgmon made the most of her opportunities on bases, finishing with a team high four steals.

Defensively, the Lady Warhorses recieved good performances from Kyra Shuler, Rachael Creech, Makayla Anderson, Camryn Holloway and Kylie Bridgmon.

“This was another good win. Our goal is to keep it going,” Massengale said.

On March 21 in other region action, the Lady Warhorses trampled the Lady Bulldogs of Silver Bluff High 14-4 in Barnwell.

It was again a total team effort as the Lady Warhorses received contributions throughout the lineup with the team totalling 15 hits in the contest.

Highlighting the bats were Allyssa Still, Camryn Holloway, Kaylie Pridgen and Meleah Williams with two hits each.

Of the group, Pridgen and Holloway did the most damage. Each player drove in four runs and scored a run.

Almost lost in the show of offensive fireworks was the pitching of Kelci Brown. Brown again was outstanding in the circle as she recorded her seventh win of the season. Brown went six innings with five hits allowed and 13 strikeouts.