Barnwell Ponytails hold on for win
The Barnwell Ponytail All-Stars (12- to 13-year-olds) held on for a 7-6 win over Edisto Saturday in the opening round of the Dixie District VI tournament.
Down 7-2, the Edisto All-Stars mounted a considerable rally in their last at-bat, scoring four runs off three hits and two errors.
That, however, was as close as the game would get as Barnwell was able to hold on for the one-run victory.
Barnwell coach Anthony Taylor said it was a nailbiter at the end.
“That was a little too close for comfort,” Taylor said. “We had a pretty good lead, then we made it pretty intersting late because we comitted errors.”
The Barnwell All-Stars fell behind two runs early, but quickly drew even in the second inning on runs by Baylee Hooper and Madelynn Hutson. Cailyn Morris delivered a big RBI single in the inning.
The score remained that way until the top of the fourth inning. In that inning Barnwell took its first lead of the game at 4-2 thanks to runs by Cailyn Morris and Britney Taylor and a RBI single from Karoline Bolen.
In the fifth inning, Barnwell’s tacked on two more runs when Asia Green and Chloe Grubbs scored off errors for a 6-2 lead reached on singles.
One inning later the lead ballooned to 7-2 when Sanders crossed home plate from third off a single by Cailyn Morris.
Down, but not out, Edisto came charging back in the bottom of the sixth inning. Edisto quickly narrowed the lead to 7-6 on runs by Bailey Craven, Rebecca Weeks, Ashley Shafer and Callie Hewitt.
With two outs and runners on second and third, Edisto had a chance plate another run. However, Baylee Hooper of Barnwell ended the threat as she hauled in a hard-hit grounder and then made an accurate throw to first base to end the game.
For Barnwell, Britney Taylor was solid in the circle, tosssing a six-hitter with seven strikeouts.
Defensively, Jaylen Clark, Asia Green, Aliana Brant, Cailyn Morris, Hope Warren, Chloe Grubbs and Serenity Badger all played well.
“We played a good game except for the final inning. We just got a little too nervous at the end,” Barnwell coach Cal Cannon said.