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Rain has interferred with attempts to check out Harlem baseball

Lady Wolfpackruling in soccer

Posted: March 11, 2012 - 12:08am
Photo by Jim Blaylock Scott Rouch, sports reporter for the Columbia County News-Times. Feb. 2, 2012  JIM BLAYLOCK
JIM BLAYLOCK
Photo by Jim Blaylock Scott Rouch, sports reporter for the Columbia County News-Times. Feb. 2, 2012

Rain is good for the crops and all that, but it certainly isn’t great for my schedule.

I’ve been trying to see the Harlem baseball team in action, and I thought I was all set until Mother Nature stepped in once again last week. I was going to watch the Bulldogs in a doubleheader against Lakeside and Burke County, but rain the day before and day of the games washed them out.

So for now, I’ll have to keep checking the box scores as the Bulldogs continue their undefeated climb through the season.

They were 6-0 after a 6-0 shutout of Grovetown on Tuesday night, and 1-0 in Region 3-AAA play. The Bulldogs broke open a close game with five runs in the fifth and sixth innings and Tyler Wirsu got the complete-game win.

The Bulldogs were slated to play at Thomson on Friday.

Head coach Jimmie Lewis says it is not just one individual that is carrying the squad, but that it is a total team effort.

I’m just glad he didn’t say, “There’s no ‘I’ in team,” or that they were all giving 110 percent.

They’ll have a run for their money to be the best baseball team in the county as Greenbrier improved to 5-0 last week and Lakeside went to 7-1, the only loss coming to the Bulldogs.

Lady Wolfpack
ruling in soccer

In girls soccer, the Lady Wolfpack staked their claim to be the best team in Region 2-AAAA, defeating Evans 2-0 on Tuesday night to improve to 5-0. That gives them wins over both Evans and Lakeside. Unfortunately, they don’t face the Harlem girls team, who have started 4-0 this year.

And speaking of soccer, it seems to me that soccer referees probably take the most abuse of any in sports. They hear it from players and coaches to leather-lunged fans who don’t have to work so hard when out-of-region games don’t fill the seats. With such a fluid sport, there are a number of judgment calls, which of course are interpreted differently by all involved.

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