Here it is, March 11. We're two weeks into the baseball season, and guess which Columbia County team has remained undefeated the longest.
That's right. How about the defending state champion Greenbrier Wolfpack?
Oh yeah, Greenbrier lost a close game to Class AAA No. 3 Heritage last weekend.
Well then who's undefeated? It's not Augusta Prep. They split with the home schoolers to open the season. Augusta Christian is technically undefeated since they haven't played a game yet, but that doesn't really count.
Evans and Lakeside can't be undefeated. They both lost to Harlem.
That's correct, baseball fans. Harlem High School entered the weekend with the county's only undefeated record.
The Bulldogs turned some heads when they put up double digits in a 10-5 win over Lakeside.
After Tuesday's 8-7 extra-inning victory over Evans, Harlem has a strong argument as at least the second best team in the county.
They improved to 3-0 on Wednesday with a 10-2 win at Glascock County.
While the Bulldogs have earned the right to celebrate, there's not much time to do so. Their schedule is about to get even more difficult.
Harlem's two big wins over its Columbia County rivals came at home. This week, the schedule is brutal. The Bulldogs will play at Evans on Tuesday, at Lakeside on Thursday and at Greenbrier on Friday.
Get through those three Class AAAA games and we might as well give Harlem a free pass to the state tournament. They'll be tested enough to take on any Class AAA opponent.
No matter what happens, Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis and his crew can be proud of what they've already accomplished.
It was only a year ago when they began the 2006 season 0-4 with losses of 10 or more runs to all three Columbia County public schools and Westside.
They still ended up reaching the second round of the Class AAA state tournament.
Imagine what they might do after a 3-0 start.
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