Warhorses circle wagons to win after two losses

  • Jackson Ridgeway of BHS recorded the win on the mound against Midland Valley High.

Coming off tough losses to Bamberg-Ehrhardt High and Wade Hampton High, the Barnwell High varsity baseball team was in need of a win in its April 10 match against Midland Valley High.

The Warhorses got it in the form of a 12-2 win over the Mustangs.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 10-6 overall. The Warhorses are 7-3 in region play.

Barnwell High coach Don Mims said the team responded well in a must-win situation.

“We need to get this win to get back on track,” Mims said. “After suffering back-to-back losses, I wanted the players to keep things positive. The season is far from over, so we needed to maintain our motivation.”

Against the Mustangs, it looked as if the Warhorses could do no wrong in the first inning as they blazed through the lineup with 15 hitters taking a trip to the plate.

In all, the Warhorses plated 10 runs off of four hits, seven walks and two errors. Nathan Toole highlighted the inning with a two-run RBI double.

Others with a hit in the inning included Griffin Corley and Colin Breland.

With the score 10-2, the Warhorses tacked on a couple of more runs in the sixth inning. For the team, Seth Chestnut and Griffin Corley singled and scored. Seth Pritchard was credited with an RBI in the inning.

On the mound, Jackson Ridgeway was the winning pitcher for the Warhorses. Ridgeway tossed a four-hitter with three strikeouts.

“To come out and put a full game together was our main goal today,” said Mims.

On Wednesday in region play, the Warhorse corralled the Silver Bluff Bulldogs by a score of 4-0.

The win was paved by the pitching of senior Seth Chestnut, who turned in another ace performance with 14 strikeouts in the contest. Chestnut had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning until the second hitter in the inning reached on a single.

The Warhorses followed Chestnut’s lead offensively with six different players contributing at the plate in an eight-hit performance.

Chestnut also led the bats with two hits. His biggest hit came with a bases loaded double in the second inning. In that inning, the Warhorses scored three runs with Coby Bridgmon, Seth Pritchad and Colin Breland all reaching home plate.

Two innings later, Chestnut’s RBI single brought home Breland again for the final run of the game.

“Big region win for our team tonight,” Mims said. “We were able to get some timely hits and Seth Chestnut did a great job of pitching.”