FAYETTEVILLE — It may be a short move, but it’s a big step in Charline Lasley’s life.
Lasley will move from second base to replace her big sister Aundrea Hardin on the mound for Greenbrier in the upcoming season.
"I think she’s going to do great," Hardin said. "She’s followed right in my footsteps. We go to pitching lessons together, she throws the same pitches I do."
The Greenbrier Lady Panthers finished as runner ups in the state tournament on Saturday, losing to White Hall 1-0. It was a tough way to end the season, with the single run coming on a misjudged play.
White Hall's Sydnee Clark allowed only one hit — a single by Maranda Clendenin.
"They got the break and we didn’t," Greenbrier coach Brian Butler said. "That was the whole game right there."
Hardin tallied eight strikeouts and allowed four hits in her final outing as a Lady Panther. She said just being in the game was more than she could have hoped for.
"We won it my freshman year, and being here again my senior year just kind of put the icing on the cake," she said. "And to be here playing with Charline has really been an honor."
Lasley said it certainly was a special feeling to be on the same field with her sister, but a different outcome would have been ideal.
"I wish we would have won because this is my last year with my sister, but we’re definitely gonna have to come back next year," Lasley said.
And if they do go back again, it will be Lasley’s turn to take control on the mound. But this time, she won’t have her big sister right there by her side, which is something she said will take some getting used to.
"I like playing with my sister," Lasley said. "We work well together. When I’m doing something wrong, she always picks me up. She always tells me what I’m doing because she knows. Ever since we were little, we pitched together."