Screams of joy

Lady Warhorses win district title again

  • Kylie Bridgmon screams for joy after scoring the winning run in Barnwell High’s opening round playoff game against Bamberg-Ehrhardt. Bridgmon had two hits in the district title game.

Barnwell High softball coach Carol Massengale felt a little tense playing Bamberg-Ehrhardt for the second time in the playoffs in Wednesday’s District V Finals in Barnwell.

There were a couple of reasons why Massengale had cause for concern.

For one, Barnwell High had just escaped with a 7-6 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt five days earlier in the opening round of the playoffs.

Secondly, most coaches will tell you that beating any team three times in a season can be difficult, not to mention four times, which was the case for Massengale.

“Bamberg-Ehrhardt is our toughest rival in the region. They’re a talented group and well-coached. We know each other pretty well and it makes for some pretty interesting games,” Massengale said.

However, in the title game the Lady Warhorses were able to put their coach’s mind at ease as they throttled the Lady Red Raiders by a score of 6-1.

With the win, Barnwell High captures the District V championship for the second year in a row. The Lady Warhorses move to 22-3 overall and 3-0 in the playoffs.

“I’m very proud of this group. They went out and took care of business today,” Massengale said.

The contest started with the Lady Red Raiders getting on the scoreboard first thanks to a two-out single by Patricia Osborne.

After a scoreless first inning, Lady Warhorses got their bats going in the second inning. Highlighted by a RBI single from Kylie Bridgmon and a RBI double by Kyra Shuler, the Lady Warhorses erupted for six runs to take a commanding 6-1 advantage.

Others who singled and scored in the inning were Maleah Williams, Anna Beth Grissom and Camryn Holloway.

The five-run lead was all Kelci Brown needed. Brown, who surrendered 11 hits in the the playoff opener, had her way with the Lady Raiders’ hitters this time around.

Brown went seven innings, allowing only one run and striking out five batters.

Offensively for the game, the Lady Warhorses tallied 10 hits, led by multiple hit performances by Rachael Creech, Maleah Williams, Kylie Bridgmon and Kaylie Pridgen.

The Lady Warhorses’ impressive win was almost overshadowed by injuries to two of their key players.

Looking to wrap-up the game with a five-run lead in the top of the seventh inning, the team got a scare when Maleah Williams and Makayla Anderson collided while trying to catch a pop fly. Williams and Anderson, who played superbly on defense in the contest, were shaken up on the play. Both, however, were able to finish the game.

“We just had two players trying to make a play and ran into each other. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured,” Massengale said.

On Friday, May 5, in the opening round of the Lower State playoffs, the Lady Warhorses continued their winning ways with a 6-1 road victory over Batesburg-Leesville High.

The Lady Warhorses got off to a fast start in the contest, scoring two runs off errors in the first inning.

For the game, the team pounded out nine hits. Kelci Brown and Anna Beth Grissom did the most damage at the plate with two hits each and a run scored.

Others producing with their bats included Maleah Williams, Allyssa Still, Kyra Shuler and Kylie Bridgmon with RBI singles.