Harlem celebrates first state softball title

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Harlem, Ga. (WJBF Sports) — It’s been known as a state power in baseball for decades, but now, Harlem High School has cemented itself as a softball champion as well. The Lady Bulldogs won their first state softball title Saturday evening in Columbus.

Harlem needed to win one of two games against Vidalia to capture the championship. After dropping game one, 3-0, Harlem was tied 1-1 during the 7th inning of game two. Then, senior Josey Armstrong came to the plate and delivered a two-run double to lift the Bulldogs to the 2A state title.

“It’s unbelievable,” Armstrong said. “Especially because that’s how I ended my softball career, so to end in a game-winning hit — I still just can’t believe it really happened.”

Harlem has been no stranger to the GHSA State Softball Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs have been to Columbus four out of the past five years — a testament to the program Mike Leverett has helped build the past 10 seasons.

“Sunday, I got up,” Leverett recalled Monday. “I had to look at my phone to make sure it was still true. But I’m just so happy for this community, this county and this school. So I’m having a ball, and it’s great.”

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