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Harlem ready for the postseason

Posted: September 26, 2012 - 12:12am
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Previous records get thrown out today as postseason play begins.

Leading the way are the Harlem Lady Bulldogs (20-7) who are Region 2-AA’s top team. They play host to either Dublin or East Laurens in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

During the regular season the Lady Bulldogs beat Dublin 10-0 and East Laurens 10-1.

After his team finished 25-9 in 2011, Harlem coach Mike Leverett returned the nucleus of the Lady Bulldogs with high hopes. While moving down from AAA to AA, the team still played an ambitious schedule, facing teams in higher classes in 18 of 27 contests. The team won 10 games by eight or more runs and lost by more than three runs just once. The team finished the regular season with a perfect 6-0 region record.

“Our goal is to win region and we’re in a good position, but we’re not taking anything for granted,” said Leverett.

Harlem is led on the mound by the duo of senior Kristin Rawlins and freshman Amber Garrett.

Along with pitching well, especially in the later stages of the year, Garrett’s place as the No. 1 pitcher works logistically, Leverett said.

“We’re a better defensive team when she’s on the mound,” he said.

The Lady Bulldogs allowed just more than two runs a game and registered seven shutouts and offensively average more than six runs a game.

“We have speed and power up and down the lineup,” said junior cleanup hitter Lindsey Stokes.

Perhaps the biggest advantage the Lady Bulldogs have is the home field, which the team retains until the final eight of the state tournament, assuming the team continues to win.

“I don’t think we’ve lost here all year,” said Leverett. “That’s what I call a home-field advantage.”

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