BHS Softball earns another region crown

  • Anna Beth Grissom had a crucial RBI double in the first inning of the Lady Warhorses win over Silver Bluff.

The Barnwell High softball team might have allowed Silver Bluff High to hang around a little longer than expected in its April 12 season finale in Petticoat Junction.

In the end though, it was the Lady Warhorses, who finished off the Lady Bulldogs 8-4 to capture their third straight region crown.

The Lady Warhorses ran to a 6-2 advantage in the game but had their lead cut to 6-4 after five innings.

Barnwell High then responded with two insurance runs in the seventh inning to complete the game.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 19-3 overall and 10-0 in region play.

Barnwell High coach Massengale said the team has accomplished one part of their goal.

“I give a lot of credit to these players. They worked really hard this season and to finish unbeaten in the region is a big accomplishment,” Massengale said. “As always it’s a great feeling to win the region, but that’s not our ultimate goal as a team.”

With another region title obtained, the Barnwell High softball program remains a model of consistency in class AA with 30 straight region wins over the past four years.

“I’ve been blessed with talented players and good assistant coaches over the years. We have hard working players that have brought into our program and that’s why we’ve been able to win a lot of games,” Massengale said.

Against the Lady Bulldogs, it turned out to be another productive outing at the plate for the Lady Warhorses with the team totalling 12 hits in the contest.

The team received contribution throughout the lineup with six different players getting at least a single. Kylie Bridgmon, Allyssa Still and Meleah Williams led the team with two hits each. Anna Beth Grissom had a huge RBI double in the first inning.

On the mound, right hander Kelci Brown turned in another stellar performance. Brown, who allowed only four hits, retired four of the last nine batters faced on strikeouts to end the game. With the win, Brown continued her unbeaten region streak with 22 straight wins.