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Softball postseason begins

Softball

Posted: September 30, 2012 - 12:06am

When Greenbrier’s volleyball team gets into area play on the road this weekend, it will be facing some tough teams.

That won’t be anything new for the Lady Wolfpack.

The Lady Wolfpack have faced all comers thus far and have won 25 of 26 games. The only loss was to North Augusta on Sept. 12. Wednesday night the Lady Wolfpack returned the favor, winning a best-of-five match in four sets.

And after recently winning six games in the span of two days, the Lady Wolfpack broke into the AAAAA volleyball coaches poll, coming in at No. 9.

Softball

The softball regular season has come to a close and we are already into region tournaments. This coming week there should be plenty of options if you want to see the best Columbia County has to offer.

Before the season started, Harlem coach Mike Leverett and his players were confident they would have a good season, possibly one that would not be forgotten. Their confidence was not unfounded, especially in light of Wednesday’s dismantling of East Laurens in the first round of the Region 3-AA Tournament.

The win put the Lady Bulldogs back into the state tournament after a year absence and a win in the region final Wednesday against Screven County will give the Lady Bulldogs home-field advantage at least until the round of eight. The doubleheader against Screven County for the region championship begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

I have enjoyed watching the Lady Bulldogs this year, plus their concession stands makes the best hot dog in the county. Of course I am still open to experimentation.

In AAAAA softball, Greenbrier played host to one Region 2 Tournament game on Saturday, as did Evans.

The teams had finished one and two in the 2A subregion, respectively. The Lady Wolfpack took on Warner Robins, and if they won the best two-out-of-three as expected, will play host to the rest of the region tournament. There are four region tournament games Wednesday, with game times at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The tournament would conclude Thursday with games scheduled at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday’s matchup against Warner Robins was potentially a historic one as coach Garrett Black entered one game shy of 500 wins in his Greenbrier career, dating back to 1996. In that time, The Lady Wolfpack won 15 region titles in a row before falling short last year. They were state champs in 2004 and runners-up in 2010.

The Lady Wolfpack played two tight matches with Evans this year, winning 3-1 and 2-1, and it would be fun to see the evenly-matched teams square off in the tournament final.

Harlem Middle School

The Lady Bulldogs softball team will lose a number of players to graduation, but reinforcements might be on the way as the middle school team has yet to lose a game.

If the middle school football team beat Lakeside on Thursday, it will vie for an undefeated season when its takes on Grovetown at Harlem at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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