The Greenbrier and Harlem softball teams are looking to make their mark at the Columbus (Ga.) Softball Complex this week.
Both teams advanced to the Elite 8 in their respective state tournaments with doubleheader sweeps Wednesday night.
Harlem’s Lady Bulldogs took out Bleckley County 5-0, 10-1 in the second round of the Class AA State Softball Playoffs while Greenbrier outlasted Ola, 3-2 and 8-6, in the second round of the Class AAAAA State Softball Playoffs.
Both tournaments’ double-elimination events start Thursday and last until a champion is crowned Saturday.
The Lady Wolfpack (29-6), Region 2’s No. 1 seed, begins its field-of-eight run in the double-elimination portion of the tournament facing Region 7’s No. 1 seed Pope (25-5).
The Lady Bulldogs, Region 3’s No. 1 seed, will face the winner of Jefferson and Dade County.
The Lady Wolfpack struggled at times Wednesday, but made clutch plays when it needed them in front of the home crowd. The team jumped out to leads in both ends of the twinbill and held off furious Lady Mustang (20-9-2) rallies each time.
While facing what Greenbrier head coach Garrett Black called the best two pitchers the team had seen all year, the Lady Wolfpack had their bats working to the tune of nine hits in game one and 12 in game two.
The Lady Wolfpack scratched out single runs in the second-through-fourth innings of game one, making a winner of Kirsten Titus (20-4) while Julie Underwood (9-2) got the game two win.
In Harlem the Lady Bulldogs continued their run through the field behind the strong pitching of Amber Garrett.
The freshman worked 12 innings, allowing just one run while striking out 15. She has allowed just two runs in 38 innings in the postseason.
Junior third baseman Lindsey Stokes got the Lady Bulldogs (28-7) on the board with a first-inning home run in game one, giving Garrett all the run support she would need.
The team added three runs in the second inning and Garrett helped herself to a fifth-inning home run.
The slugger Stokes again gave the Lady Bulldogs an early lead in game two, banging a two-run homer in the first inning.
The Lady Bulldogs added two runs in the second, three in the fourth and three more in the sixth to stop the game an inning short.