Former Harlem High School softball player Haley Mays got one more chance to represent her school last week.
After a season in which she helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to 29 wins and a Region 3-AA championship, Mays was one of 32 seniors from across the state chosen to participate in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North/South All-Star Softball Classic.
“That was an amazing honor,” said Mays. “I felt like I was important and it was my time to shine for our community. And especially for Harlem, because Harlem doesn’t get the limelight that they should. Now we have a little bit.”
Mays was a natural choice, posting a .429 batting average with 36 runs and 10 stolen bases from the leadoff spot in her final season. She was on the Region 3-AA first team and was a Georgia High School Association Class AA all-state first teamer.
At Shorter University in Rome, Ga., Mays and her South teammates met for practice sessions Monday and Tuesday then played a doubleheader against the North squad on Wednesday. Mays had a walk and bunt single in the South’s 5-1 game-one victory before the North came back to win the second contest 4-3.
Mays, who will attend Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., and walk on to the softball team, was impressed by the players on both squads. Over half of them are destined for Division I programs.
“What stuck out to me the most was probably all the athletic talent that was there,” Mays said. “It was awesome to see how many people actually get to experience what I did. I got to play with the best of the best.”