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Harlem dominates field in rain-delayed tourney

Posted: August 13, 2014 - 12:14am
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Harlem High first baseman Cassie Blizzard camps under a popup for the final out of the third inning against Cavalry Day. The Lady Bulldogs won three more games Saturday.  Scott Rouch
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Harlem High first baseman Cassie Blizzard camps under a popup for the final out of the third inning against Cavalry Day. The Lady Bulldogs won three more games Saturday.

While they had to wait an extra day to get started, it didn’t take Harlem High School’s softball team long to get going.

The Lady Bulldogs’ first two games at their annual season-opening Chick-fil-A Tournament at Patriots Park were rained out Friday night, so they played four games on Saturday. To get as many games in as possible, all were slated to be five-inning affairs.

Starting at 9 a.m., the Lady Bulldogs beat Calvary Day 5-1, topped Washington Wilkes 14-2 in four innings, beat Hephzibah 13-0 and Westside 12-0 in four innings.

The Lady Bulldogs weren’t at full strength to start the season with junior pitcher Amber Garrett out with an ankle injury. Sophomore Lillie Streets got the call and earned the win in all four games.

“We were swinging the bats pretty well, battling, trying to get Lillie (Streets) some runs so she could pitch at ease,” said Lady Bulldogs’ coach Mike Leverett.

The Lady Bulldogs’ offense struck for three second-inning runs against Cavalry Day, and while that would be more than enough, they added two more in the fourth inning.

With the defense backing her, Streets allowed the one run on three hits with no walks or strikeouts. Emily Aplin got the first out in the first inning with a sliding catch along the left-field line to set the tone.

Aplin would add two hits, a stolen base and an RBI with Lexi Mays and Madison Summers connecting for two base hits as well.

Washington-Wilkes reached Streets for two first-inning runs, but the Lady Bulldogs (2-0) answered with three of their own including a Cassie Blizzard RBI double and a Mays RBI single.

After Streets retired the side in the top of the second, the Lady Bulldogs batted around and scored six times, marking the end of Streets’ day.

Morgan Dobbins came in for the final two innings, striking out two in the process. Dobbins also worked two innings in the Lady Bulldogs’ win over Hephzibah.

“We had Morgan Dob-bins save Streets a few innings,” Leverett said.

The Lady Bulldogs tacked on four more runs in the third inning and ended the game by run rule with one more in the fourth.

Mays had two more hits with an RBI, Courtney Combe had two hits and three RBI and Bailey Sheppard drove in three runs.

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