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Lady Bulldogs off to a strong start this season

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HARRISBURG-- The Harrisburg Lady Bulldogs could not have asked for much of a better start to the season. Harrisburg is 4-0 and took home the championship from the Fairfield Spring Fling over the weekend.

The Lady Bulldogs have come out swinging in 2019. Led by senior catcher Karsyn Davis, who is eight for 11 with four homers and 11 runs batted in on the young season, and as assistant coach Jake Stewart puts it, 'she's just not human right now.'

"Karsyn right now, even when she makes an out, it's a hard out, and she hasn't made very many outs.  She's hit four home runs in four ball games," said Harrisburg head softball coach Red Stafford.

"It's always good to the ball well to start the season and get some confidence and stuff.  It also helps when you have people before you and behind that can hit--takes the pressure off a little bit," said Davis.

Davis has had plenty of help. The Lady Bulldogs have piled up 45 runs in four games, while giving up only four.

"We're getting good pitching out of our freshman pitcher, Kerrigan Payne has come in and done a really good job for us, and we're hitting the ball 1-9.  When you do that, you're gonna win some games," said Stafford.

 "I'm so proud of my team!  We have an awesome coaching staff.  Our freshman pitcher doesn't even act like it.  She's a senior.  She's doing a great job.  Having eight returning starters is a whole bunch," said Harrisburg senior shortstop Madeline Rider.

Having two of those eight returning starters be Division One signees doesn't hurt. Shortstop Madeline Rider is headed to Western Kentucky next year and Davis will be off to Southeast Missouri State.

"The other kids kinda look up to those two, and it's a nice mix with the younger kids and the older kids, and so far, it's worked out," said Stafford.

Harrisburg has five games scheduled this week, starting Wednesday against Goreville.

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