Close-Knit Lady Eagles Begin Playoff Push

For the Harmony Lady Eagles, twenty-eight wins and an undefeated district run were just an appetizer. After a short playoff run last year, this team is gearing up for a long haul.

"We don't want what happened last year to happen again," junior pitcher Ashley Wilburn says. "That playoff game with Prairiland was kind of disappointing."

Ashley is leading from the mound. The junior has already won 26 games and dominated, striking out 325 batters.

Ashley's biggest fan sits in the dugout, Harmony manager Reesia Wilburn. It's successful, but they both admit the mother/Manager-daughter/pitcher dynamic can be a tough one sometimes.

"It makes you feel really good to know you taught her and she's come through and done a good job," Renesia says, "but it's an emotional rollercoaster with her."

"It's very intense on the field," Ashley admits, "because she expects more out of me on the field. It's just a mother-daughter relationship."

These Lady eagles are all a tight-knit bunch, flying together since they were five and six years old. And Coach Wilburn feels like she's got more than one daughter out there.

"First practice, I cried, because I knew that this was the first practice and I'm looking at them thinking it's going to be my last time with these girls."

"They've grown up to be young ladies right before my eyes. It's been really emotional, we're like one big family.

Reid Kerr ( reporting.