Barnwell High began the season on a high note with a victory over Wade Hampton High in the Warhorses Classic tournament championship game.
Wiliston-Elko High dominated, winning all five singles matches. Fairfield Central High's only win game was in a No. 2 doubles forfeit.
Williston-Elko High, winners of four of its last five matches, improves to 8-1 overall.
Williston-Elko High coach Bernard Walters said the team continues to make strides.
The Warhorses have dominated its rivals with 38 victories its last 40 outings.
One of Barnwell High's losses came against Wade Hampton High in a 7-6 setback at Wade Hampton last season.
On Tuesday, March 31 at John Hall Field, the Red Devils were hoping to duplicate the feat.
The Red Devils seemed on its way, holding a two-run lead over the Warhorses through the first three innings of play.
With another stellar effort from Matt Lightsey, the Blue Devils torched the Eagles by a score of 14-0.
Lightsey had a good, all-around performance. As the starting pitcher, Lightsey clipped the wings of the Eagles' batters, tossing a no-hitter with no walks. At the plate, Lightsey was equally effective, going two-for-three with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.
In a game which was dominated by walks, Williston-Elko took advantage of a mistake-prone Blackville-Hilda team which committed six errors and allowed 14 walks.
With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in region play.
Fueled by the dynamic hitting duo of Chase Bell and Dylan Griffith, the Warhorses left the Bulldog gnawing on a 17-5 defeat.
Barnwell High brought out the bats against its nemesis, shelling out a season high 18 hits.
Bell and Griffith were the catalyst to the hitting as they feasted on the Bulldogs pitching, combing for eight hits, including two doubles, seven RBIs and five runs scored.
The contest resembled a track meet as the teams raced around the bases, combining for 30 hits and 45 runs.
However, down the home stretch, the Lady Hawks surged past the Lady Eagles by a score of 24-23 in eight innings.
Trailing 23-22, the Lady Hawks answered in its last at-bat. Fishburne and Herquanda Williams reached on singles then scored off a two-run RBI single by Ansley Pope for the win.
Behind outstanding play by senior Roosevelt Hutto, the Hawk offense clicked early as the team raced to a 3-0 halftime advantage.
Hutto sparked the first half run with two goals and an assist.
Others providing offensive support were Antonio Jones and William Harrison, each with a goal.
The Lady Warhorses literally put on a clinic against the Lady Bulldogs. On the mound, Rebekah Debruhl tossed a three-hitter with nine strikeouts. A defensive unit led by Leigh Ann Davis, Gillie Smith, Ciera Still committed only one error. At the plate, Barnwell High shelled out 11 hits fueled by a three-hit effort by Ashton Hope.
The final result was a 7-3 convincing win for Barnwell High over its archrivals from Petticoat Junction.
The 24-team tournament at Airport High School in Columbia also included the host team Airport High along with 4A and 3A division schools from Georgia and South Carolina.
Barnwell High coach Michael Allen said playing in a field with that kind of competition present will only make his team better.
"In order to be the best, you have to play the best," Allen said.
Williston-Elko High's road to victory was paved by its singles with the team winning four out of five matches.
With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 7-2 in the season in class 1A division. The Blue Devils only two losses came in close matches against Aiken High, which is of division 4A.
Williston-Elko High coach Bernard Walters said the team continues to play with well.
However, this season, Massengale is finding its difficult to hold back the excitement about the talent she has harnessed with her varsity softball team.
"Its safe to say this is one of the best teams I've coached over the years," Massengale said.
The game went into the bottom of the seventh inning tied at 5-5. The Blue Devils then loaded the bases before Tomory O'Neal delivered the big hit with an RBI single, scoring Michael Wallace for the winning run.
With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 6-2 in the season.
Williston-Elko High coach Heath Corley said the team responded well after a disappointing loss to Barnwell High the day before.
Over the last three years, the Warhorses struggled to keep their ship afloat at start of the season. In 2006, Barnwell High started 1-4 before going on a 10-game winning streak and winning 20-pluis games.
In 2007, Barnwell High started 3-4 then reeled off 10 straight wins before finishing the season at 24-7.
Last season after starting 2-4, the Warhorses went on to win 12 of its next 14 games to finish with an overall record of 24-6.
Trailing 7-6, the Lady Warhorses galloped back in its last at-bat. Sparked by a two-run RBI single by Victoria Schazter, Barnwell High scored four runs in the fourth inning to pull out the victory.
Tied at 3-3, the Warhorses pulled away from the Panthers. Justin Wyndham was the spark plug as Barnwell High plated three runs off three hits in the third inning. The Warhorses then added another run in the fourth inning to lock up the game.
Justin Wyndham had the big bat for the Warhorses, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
With the win, Barnwell High improves to 5-3 overall.
The game which lasted, only 40 minutes, was called after three innings due to the 15-run rule. The rules states a team has to be within 15 runs after three innings of play for the game to continue.
The Lady Blue Devils have sizzled in its first two games with victories over North High School and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School.
The key to these victories has been quick start with the team holding a 14-4 scoring edge in the first two innings of play.
Williston-Elko High coach Lucky West said the team is doing a better job of putting the ball in play and making things happen when they get on base.
The game was played on a cold evening as the temperatures dipped into the uppers 40s.
However, for Barnwell High, they didn't let their bats get cold. Leading 3-0, Barnwell High pulled away from its adversaries with a five-run fourth inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Taylor Roberts and Catherine Padgett highlighted the inning.
Roberts delivered a two-run RBI triple while Padgett added an RBI double.
The Hawks soared to a 3-0 victory over its counterparts behind the dynamic duo offensive performance of Quentin Johnson and Freddie Glover.
Johnson, who has emerged as the team leader on offense this season, scored the first two goals of the game.
Glover, who continues to excel offensively, added a goal and an assists.
With the win, Blackville-Hilda evens its record at 1-1 in the season. The teams play in a rematch April 28 in Williston.