Posted: Monday, August 27th 2012 at 11:28pm
Softball: No. 1 Buford shows its versatility in win over West Hall
By Jeff Hart Staff
OAKWOOD – Despite a 9-0 start for Class AAA No. 1 Buford, Monday’s Region 7-AAA opener against West Hall was the game Lady Wolves coach Tony Wolfe was anxious to get too.
“We don’t worry too much about records until we get to the region,” Wolfe said. “We wanted to come out fast and show people in 7-AAA what we could do.”
The Lady Wolves did just that, jumping on West Hall early and getting solid pitching in a 12-0 win in five innings at Spartans Field.
Starter Bria Bush fanned six West Hall batters, all in succession, and did not allow a hit in two innings of work to earn the win for Buford (10-0, 1-0 in region). A lead-off walk by Ashley Neal to start the game was the only base runner allowed by Bush. Freshman Payton Wolfe pitched the final three innings allowing one hit and striking out two.
The Lady Wolves also showed their offensive versatility over the first three innings.
Buford scored three runs in the first inning behind three stolen bases and RBI hits from Jasmin Hawkins and Bria Bush. The Lady Wolves blew the game open with five runs in the second, highlighted by a two-run home run from Remington Hasty. They added three more in the third taking advantage of three West Hall errors around a RBI single from Bekah Rude.
“That’s how we’ve been winning,” Wolfe said. “We’re just taking what teams give us and trying to take advantage of their mistakes and not make any of our own.”
Buford did not commit an error in the game.
While the Lady Wolves looked solid, Wolfe said they are still running at only 75 percent with three main starters out with injury or sickness. Projected No. 1 starter Tessa Daniels and left fielder Jordan Deep have been out the entire season. Both were All-state selections a year ago.
“We’ve had to go to little different approach right now,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of pop in the middle of the lineup like in years past so we’re running a little more, playing a little more small ball. Once we get everyone back we’ll have a little more thunder in the lineup.”
West Hall (8-8, 0-1) came into the game playing its best ball of the season having won four of its last five. But the Lady Spartans defense gave little help to starter Haley Haynes committing six errors in the game, which led to six unearned runs.
Neal also got the only hit for West Hall.
Niki Cook, Sydney Stavro, and Drew Puckett also had hits for Buford. Abbey Mitchell drove in one run on a hit batter with the bases loaded.
Buford next will play host to Fannin County on Thursday in a matchup of playoff teams from a year ago in Class AA. West Hall will travel to East Hall in a region matchup.
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