Harlem pitchers toss gems at Diamond Days



Amber Garrett and Kristin Rawlins fittingly pitched two gems at Harlem Diamond Days.

Garrett led the Lady Bulldogs to an 8-0 victory over Washington-Wilkes in the opener of the softball tournament and Rawlins was sharp in Harlem’s 10-1 win over Thomson on Saturday.

Garrett (6-4), a freshman, went five innings, allowing two hits while striking out eight in a game shortened by the mercy rule.

Rawlins (6-3) was almost as dominant in her outing.

Thomson struck for a run on two hits in the first inning, but the senior was masterful the rest of the way.

Rawlins finished with a three-hitter while striking out five in five innings as Harlem (12-7) again won in a shortened contest.

“Both of them have been throwing good the whole season,” Lady Bulldogs coach Mike Leverett said of his pitchers.

Harlem set the tone for the day as it jumped on Washington-Wilkes for five first-inning runs. Rawlins provided the key hit, driving in two runs with a single.

“Jumping out like that was important, we haven’t done that in a while,” Rawlins said.

With Garrett pitching strong, the defense just had to make routine plays while the offense pecked away with runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Harlem’s defense played a big role early in the Thomson game. Right fielder Haley Mays ran a long way to make a sliding catch in the first inning. After Brianna Poss doubled in a run, the defense cut her down at third trying to take the extra base.

In the bottom half of the inning, Harlem scored two runs without a hit, capitalizing on an error, walk, wild pitch and an RBI groundout to
score twice.

Garrett extended the lead to 3-1 in the third inning with her first career home run. Morgan Barton, a senior,
doubled home a run and the Lady Bulldogs struck for six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as they batted around.

“This is the best team I could ever ask for,” Barton said. “I feel we’re going all the way. I have no doubt in my mind.”