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Dynasty brewing at Harlem Middle School

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Posted: October 10, 2012 - 12:14am  |  Updated: October 10, 2012 - 4:01pm
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Harlem Middle's Madison Summers makes it to third as Columbia Middle's Lauren Wheeler misses the tag.
Harlem Middle's Madison Summers makes it to third as Columbia Middle's Lauren Wheeler misses the tag.

 

There’s a dynasty brewing in Columbia County.

For the second consecutive season, the Harlem Middle School Lady Bulldogs won the county championship while going a perfect 10-0.

The Lady Bulldogs had clinched the title before the Sept. 28 game against Columbia Middle School, but finished out the year in style, winning 11-2.

“They’re hard working and dedicated and give 100 percent,” said head coach Laura Collins. “They’re a well-oiled machine.”

Continuing their perfect ways may be difficult in 2013 as Collins loses the majority of her squad.

“We’ll be sending 10 good players to Harlem High School,” she said.

Against Columbia Middle, eighth-grader Madison Summers led the way with three hits while driving in two runs and scoring twice.

“It feels great because Harlem wasn’t really recognized before, now we’re recognized,” said Summers, the Lady Bulldogs’ shortstop.

The Raiders struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first. The Lady Bulldogs responded immediately with two of their own in the top of the second.

The teams took a short break before the top of the third inning to honor former Columbia Middle School secretary Wendy Pickett. She passed away the week before after battling breast cancer, and to celebrate her birthday that day, the teams released balloons from center field.

The Lady Bulldogs took the lead for good in the top of the third when they scored four runs to go ahead 6-2.

Summers singled one home, Claire Beasley took a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run and Jesi Cotton knocked in a pair with a fielder’s choice to center field.

Beasley drove in four runs with two hits while Anasja Sanders and Josie Armstrong had two hits apiece. Cleanup hitter Cassie Blizzard had one hit and was walked three times.

The Lady Bulldogs added two runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh.

The squad celebrated its victory by giving Collins and assistant coach Leslie Perdue a victory bath of blue Powerade at the end of the game.

“We accomplished our goals and we worked as a team to accomplish it,” Blizzard said.

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