Splitting a pair of games on the first day of the Georgia High School Association Class AA state softball tournament Thursday, the Harlem High School Lady Bulldogs had little wiggle room to work with.
After the Lady Bulldogs (29-7) used a no-hitter from sophomore pitcher Amber Garrett 23-6) to beat Bremen (20-12) 1-0 in the tournament’s opener, they saw their 13-game win streak fall by the wayside. Harlem was bumped to the loser’s bracket after falling 8-0 to the Calhoun Lady Yellow Jackets (31-6) in five innings in the nightcap.
The first day of play in the round of eight saw four shutouts and four of the six games decided by one run.
It was a pitcher’s duel in the Lady Bulldogs opener against Bremen as the Lady Bulldogs managed just four hits; two from Christian Mullis and one apiece from Lindsey Stokes and Garrett.
It was Garrett (23-6) who plated the winning run, coming through with a two-out RBI single in the fifth inning.
With Bremen threatening, Garrett was able to escape the sixth inning, working out of a bases-loaded jam.
Against Calhoun, the Lady Bulldogs were able to eke out just two base hits and committed errors behind Garrett that allowed the Lady Yellow Jackets to score six unearned runs in the first two innings, according to coach Mike Leverett.