Harnett County teams prepare for Tar Heel state tournaments


Six Harnett County teams have qualified to compete in the Tar Heel League state tournaments in the coming weeks.

Erwin’s 10-and-under softball team, which won its district championship in Erwin last Friday, will travel three hours to Currituck to play in the state tournament on Thursday. They’ll play at 4 p.m. against Shelby.

“I feel good about our chances,” said Erwin coach David Bradham. “It’s been an interesting year for me, probably the most fun year I’ve had in coaching. We’ve had a lot of girls with no or little experience playing softball. But they’re a really fun group. We’ve had several girls start hitting the ball really well lately. It’s obvious that the girls we’ve got with no experience are getting a lot better. We’ve beaten some really good teams this year, so I think we have a chance. And I think it’ll be a good experience for our girls to travel and go up against some of the best competition in the state. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Erwin and Western Harnett’s 12-and-under softball teams both qualified for the state tournament, also being played in Currituck and Camden. Erwin will play in Camden at 6 p.m. Thursday against Shelby, while Western Harnett will play in Currituck at 6 p.m. Thursday against Ashe County.

Rounding out the softball qualifiers, Western Harnett and Angier both qualified for the 15-and-under tournament, which will be played solely in Camden. Western Harnett will kick off the tournament at 4 p.m. Thursday against Pocosin. Angier will play 6 p.m. Thursday against Cashie.

Erwin’s 15-and-under baseball team also qualified for the state tournament by winning its district tournament last Wednesday. They’ll play in Smithfield on Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m..

Erwin’s 10-and-under softball team will hold a bake sale at Sagebrush on Wednesday at 4 p.m. until closing to help raise money for travel expenses.

“We’ve got a really short turnaround because we just finished up the district tournament, so we haven’t had a lot of time to raise money,” Bradham said. “But every little bit we can get helps. We’re also looking for more sponsors.”


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