Barnwell softball falls at Lower State

  • Barnwell High coach Carol Massengale, center, congratulates her team for a great season following Wednesday’s Lower State playoff loss to Andrews High.

For the Barnwell High softball team, a great season ended in disappointing fashion Wednesday in the semifinals of the Lower State playoffs.

Barnwell High, which won its first three playoff games including the district championship, fell at home to Andrews High by a score of 3-1.

With the loss, Barnwell High completes the season at 22-5 overall and 3-2 in the playoffs.

Barnwell High coach Carol Massengale said the team played hard, but was their own worst enemy in the game.

“Disappointing way to end the season, but we have a good group so we’ll bounce back next season,” Massengale said. “It’s a tough loss because I thought we had our chances today. Anytime you play a team like Andrews, execution becomes really important. I thought we pretty much beat ourselves with mistakes today.”

In a closely competitive game, the tide turned in favor of Andrew High in the top of the sixth inning.

With the score tied at 1-1, Andrews High surged ahead, plating two runs off three hits. Defensively, Barnwell High struggled to get outs and committed two errors in the inning.

“We missed some plays and they made them. That’s the difference in a close game,” Massengale said.

Missed opportunities also plagued the Lady Warhorses in the contest. Trailing 1-0, the Lady Warhorses seemingly had a good rally going in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Despite having the bases loaded off of hits by Kelci Brown, Maleah Williams, Kyra Shuler and Kiley Bridgmon, the Lady Warhorses managed only one run in the inning.

“We probably should have gotten more runs out of that inning than we did. I thought we hit the ball well in the inning, but just wasn’t able to bring home the runs,” said Massengale.

On the mound, Anna Beth Grissom pitched well in her final game with the Lady Warhorses. Grissom, who is only a junior, will be transferring to another school at the end of the year.

Grissom turned in arguably her best performance of the season by holding a talented Andrews High team to only three hits and one run.

Kiley Bridgmon came on in relief and retired five of six batters faced.