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Local players power Armstrong softball
Natalie Corbin
Natalie Corbin

The Armstrong State softball team is headed back to the NCAA Division II national championships thanks in large part to two Bryan County players.

Logan Harrell, a sophomore catcher and 2015 Bryan County High School graduate, hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning Friday for the Pirates en route to a 5-2 win over North Georgia in the Southeast Super Regional.

One of the players on base when Harrell went yard was Natalie Corbin, a freshman outfielder and 2016 Richmond Hill High School graduate. Harrell also had two RBIs — Corbin being one of them — in the first game of the Super Regional, a 6-2 extra-innings win.

Armstrong State opens play at the national championships at 6:30 p.m. Thursday against West Florida in Salem, Va. The Pirates are 39-12 on the season and have reached the national tournament four out of the last five years.

Harrell leads the team in RBIs with 44 and also has the highest batting average on the squad at .354. Her 13 home runs is second on the team. Corbin is second on the team with a .348 batting average and leads the Pirates with 54 hits on the season. 

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