Barnwell Angels rebound in 2nd round
After dropping their opener to Edisto two days earlier, the Barnwell Angels (10-11 year olds) were in a must-win situation Monday against Lake Marion in the second round of the Dixie District VI All-Star tournament.
Facing elimination, the Barnwell Angels responded with flying colors, lacing out 12 hits and drawing five walks in a 11-3 victory Monday in Bamberg.
Barnwell All-Star coach Rick Arnold said the team played much better the second time around.
“I’m very proud of these girls. This was a good bounce-back win,” Arnold said. “In Saturday’s game we came out too nervous and made a lot of mistakes. Today, we came out more focused and played under control.”
The Barnwell All-Stars, who never trailed in the game, jumped on the scoreboard with three runs in the first inning. The inning was keyed by a two-run RBI single by Abigail Corley. Also scoring in the inning were Mary Abstance and Reagan Still.
In the second inning, the offense continued for the Barnwell All-Stars as they extended their advantage to 6-0 on scores by Breanna Buckmon, Maddie Hutto and Kaleh Mayes.
Trailing 7-0, Lake Marion finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning when Jenny Jager singled and scored off an error.
However, the only spark Lake Marion had early on was shortlived. Barnwell fired back in the fourth inning, scoring four runs off two hits and two errors for a commanding 11-1 lead.
Reagan Still fueled the scoring run with a RBI single. Also scoring were Kahmiyah Williams, Makayla Jackson and Kathryn Flicking.
Down by 10 runs, Lake Marion tried to rally in its last at-bat. After Lake Marion plated two runs off three hits, outfielder Kahmiyah Williams came up with a sensational one-handed catch to end the game.
For the game, Makayla Jackson was the top pitcher. Jackson struck out six batters in the game. Defensively, Breanna Buckmon, Mary Abstancve, Kaleh Mayes, Maddie Hutto, Jaidyn Devore, Abigal Corley, Tiera Arnold and Jamiya Mayes all played well.