Harlem softball advances to Elite Eight for first time

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Harlem, GA -- It's not too often you hear the phrase, "the first time's the charm," but that's what the Harlem softball team is aiming for this week.

For the first time in program history the Lady Bulldogs are headed to the Elite Eight, and it wasn't by accident.

All season, Class 2A Harlem has been playing teams from 4A, 5A and even 6A, and more times than not, the ladies beat them.

In fact, they've won 19 games in a row with no plans to stop now.

Senior catcher Morgan Barton said, "We've been working all summer since May and all throughout the season now. Going to Columbus just isn't enough. We want a ring. We want to come back with a championship. I don't think there is any reason as to why we shouldn't win."

"These other teams are good too, so we respect them," said Coach Kim Chambers. "But we're going to go out there and be positive, and we're going to go right after anybody that we have. We've got good players. We've got good pitching, good defense and good offense so it's going to be hard to beat."

The Lady Bulldogs haven't lost a game since August, and all seven of their losses came against teams from larger classes.

In the Elite Eight Thursday, Harlem draws Dade County.

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