Warhorses rebound for playoff win

  • Barnwell High Warhorse right-hander Nathaniel Toole pitches in Saturday’s playoff game at John Hall Field.

The Barnwell High baseball team wasn’t exactly raring in confidence Saturday when they took the field against Marion High in the third round of the District V playoffs.

Coming off a disappointing 11-4 loss to Bamberg-Ehrhardt High in the second round of the playoffs, Barnwell High needed a win to stay alive in the post season.

Taking on Marion High in a playoff rematch, Barnwell coach Don Mims was a little concerned after his team barely got by Marion High 2-1 in the first meeting.

A close game, however, wasn’t the issue in the rematch. The Warhorses eased their coach’s mind as they scattered seven hits and took advantage of numerous errors on their way to a 6-0 victory.

“I was curious to see how we were going to respond after losing an emotional game to Bamberg-Ehrhardt,” Mims said. “We hit get a lot of hits today, but we made the most of our chances when we got on base. Defense was great and our pitching was good.”

The Warhorses got on the scoreboard in their first at-bat.

In the inning, Seth Chestnut reached on a walk then stole second. After advancing to third off a sacrifice by Griffin Corley, Chestnut scored the first run of the game off a single by Nathan Toole.

In the third inning, the Warhorses continue to take advance of the Swamp Foxes miscues. Seth Chestnut walked to open the inning. After Griffin Corley reached on an error, Toole hit a bunt single, scoring Chestnut. Moments later, Corley and Toole scored off a passed balls for a 4-0 lead.

One inning later, the Warhorses added to their advantage. For the team, Cole Kearse reached on a walk then scored off a double by Trevor Steadman. Steadman later scored off a passed ball to make the score 6-0.

On the mound, Nathan Toole started the game and went five innings with three hits allowed and five strikeouts. Jackson Ridgeway came on in relief and pitched two innings with two strikeouts.