Posted: Wednesday, October 10th 2012 at 7:13am
Quests for state softball titles begin
By Jeff Hart Staff
BUFORD – Fresh off its fifth region title, and first in the new Region 7-AAA, the Buford girls softball team will begin its quest for an unprecedented sixth straight state title Wednesday when it plays host to St. Pius in the first round of the Class AAA tournament.
The Lady Wolves (24-2) are looking for their first Class AAA title after winning five straight in Class AA. Coach Tony Wolfe said last week after winning the 7-AAA title that the key is to just keep winning, baby.
“It’s a lot like the NCAA tournament - just try to survive and keep advancing,” he said. “We really just take it one game at a time. If there is a secret, that’s probably it.”
Buford, along with several other area teams, will play a best-of-three series in the first round with doubleheaders scheduled for Wednesday, and the deciding third game, if necessary, scheduled for Thursday.
First pitch for Buford is set for 4:30 p.m. For other Region 7-AAA teams, Fannin County will play host to Decatur beginning at 5 p.m., Dawson County will travel to Woodward Academy, start time unknown, and Banks County travels to Blessed Trinity, with first pitch set for 2:30 p.m.
In Class AA, Jefferson, the Region 8-AA champion, will play host to Manchester beginning at 5 p.m. and Union County, the No. 2 seed out of 8-AA, plays host to Bremen starting at 4 p.m.
In Class AAAA, Lumpkin County travels to Alexander beginning at 5 p.m. and Lanier will make its first-ever trip to the plays against perennial power Columbus on the road.
In Class AAAAAA, Region 7-AAAAAA champion North Gwinnett will play host to Lambert, start time unknown, and Mill Creek will travel to Region 6-AAAAAA champ North Forsyth beginning at 5 p.m..
The winners in each series will move on to the second round, which is slated to begin Oct. 17 at the higher seeded teams.
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