By Anthony Rhoads
The Kennesaw State Lady Owls are going to the NCAA Division II Softball Championships and a big reason for that success is Lori Cassell.
Cassell, a former standout at Eagle's Landing High School, went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in Saturday's South Atlantic Regional championship game at Kennesaw State. The 5-1 victory over Presbyterian propelled Kennesaw into the eight-team championships to be held May 13-16 in Altamonte Spring, Fla.
Kennesaw State (64-4) opens the tournament Thursday at 6 p.m. against Florida Southern.
Cassell, a junior, has started every game for Kennesaw State this year and currently has a .377 batting average.
"She was always a great ball player," Henry County baseball and softball coach Chuck Campbell said.
Megan Gant, a former Morrow High School standout, has played in 23 games this year and is batting .317 in her freshman season.
In Saturday's regional title game, she went 2-for-3 as a designated hitter.
Columbus State gets regional bid: Former Henry C ounty standout Clif Harrison had the chance to play in the Junior College World Series in 2002 with Middle Georgia College and this season, he might have a chance to play on a Division II championship team.
Harrison, a junior outfielder, is in his first season at Columbus State after playing two years at Middle Georgia.
Columbus State will play in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional from May 13-16 in Jacksonville, Fla. The other teams include Pfeiffer, Augusta State and North Florida.
Harrison is currently batting .336 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 110 at-bats.
"Clif was always a quality hitter for us," Campbell said. "He could run, throw and hit for power."
Lane Hammond is in his freshman season at Columbus State but has been out because of an injury when he got hit in the face with a pitch earlier in the season.
Before getting hurt, he was batting .267 in 15 at-bats.
His older brother, Ladd, was a member of the 2002 Columbus State team that won the Division II championship.