Harlem's subregion win over Cross Creek on Thursday looked destined for a home-opener letdown.
"I'll say this. The girls never gave up," Harlem softball coach Mike Leverett said. "I can't believe it, but they did it."
The Lady Bulldogs, playing for sole possession of first place in the Region 3B-AAA standings, trailed Cross Creek at home 5-2 heading into the bottom half of the final inning.
Harlem managed to score one run, but with two outs the Lady Bulldogs still trailed by two runs.
Harlem's Rachel Fearney-hough took care of that.
The senior launched a double into the gap in right center field on a full count with the bases loaded. All three base runners came around to score, and Fearneyhough's game-winning hit completed the 6-5 victory.
"I was pumped before I went up there," Fearneyhough said. "We knew this is one of the big games we have in the region."
Harlem improved to 4-0 in region play and claimed sole possession of first place in the Region 3B-AAA standings in front of Thomson and Cross Creek.
Patriots Park play
Greenbrier's annual Coca-Cola Classic at Patriots Park didn't go as planned for the local teams. The Lady Wolfpack went 3-3 in the two-day tournament, and Harlem went 2-4.
All three of Greenbrier's losses came at the hands of ranked Class AAA teams. The Lady Wolfpack fell to No. 1 Central, Carroll 7-4 on Friday, then lost Saturday games to No. 9 Harris County and No. 2 Oconee County.
Harlem lost to the same three schools and also dropped a game to South Effingham.
Evans moved up the ladder in the Region 3B-AAAA standings with a big subregion victory over rival Lakeside on Thursday. Lady Knights pitcher Laura Brown threw a no-hitter in the 9-0 win. The two teams are tied for second place in the subregion standings.
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