Harlem High School coach Jimmie Lewis was frustrated and cold after his team's second game of the season at Greenbrier on Feb. 25.
The Bulldogs had lost by the mercy rule, having endured 27-degree temperatures for seemingly no reward. And Lewis said his team had played like a junior varsity squad.
How could they turn it around before facing the Wolfpack again the following Monday?
Lewis talked with his team the next day, reminding the players -- many of whom played football -- of how they had competed to the end of games during the fall despite being down big in many of them.
"You were still tattooing them," Lewis said he told them. "You didn't give up one second regardless of the score. We're only 250 yards from that (football) field."
The Bulldogs got the message.
They avenged the previous loss by defeating Greenbrier 3-2 in Harlem. Bulldogs pitcher Derek Beasley pitched a complete game to earn his first victory of the season. Harlem improved to 2-1.
"He was in full command the whole time," Lewis said. "When you can do that, that's a pretty good situation."
Harlem led 3-0 entering the final inning. The Wolfpack scored two, but their comeback fell short.
The victory was Harlem's second against the Wolfpack since Greenbrier opened. Harlem beat Greenbrier for the first time in 2009.
Chad Farmer started for Greenbrier on Monday and was pinned with his second loss. Jeff McGowan went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Wolfpack.
Harlem's Zach McIntire had a double. Zach Morris had a base hit and Jay Aplin scored and drove in a run.
Lakeside 4, Aquinas 3 (Monday)
Thomson, 11, Harlem, 1 (Thursday)
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