Posted: Thursday, October 25th 2012 at 11:48pm
Elite 8 softball: Buford into semifinals; Lumpkin, Jackson face elimination
By Jeff Hart Staff
COLUMBUS – Buford continued its winning ways in the Elite 8 girls softball tournament Thursday at the Olympic Softball Complex.
Unfortunately for Jackson County and Lumpkin County, both will face elimination games on Friday after tough losses in the opening round.
The Lady Wolves whipped Jackson 7-1 in the opening round to move into the second round of the Class AAA tournament. They then went on to beat Chapel Hill 4-0 in the second round to advance to the semifinals.
Buford came into the tournament having won five-straight Class AA titles and will play Central, Carroll, who beat Pike County 10-6 in the second round, at 5 p.m. Friday for a spot in the championship round. The Lady Wolves are now 23-2 in the Elite 8 tournament under coach Tony Wolfe.
Sophomore Bria Bush earned both wins for Buford (30-3) despite a long afternoon. Bush fanned 22 in the two games, including tying a career-high with 12 in a complete-game effort in the second game.
"She was really special all day," Wolfe said. "She was very dominant and was really tough in the second game eventhough she was tiring toward the end."
Jackson County fell to Chapel Hill 4-1 in the opening round of the Class AAA tournament while Lumpkin County dropped a 4-0 decision to South Effingham in the Class AAAA tournament.
Jackson County will try to stay alive on Friday taking on Jackson.
Lumpkin County will take on Columbus Friday in the elimination round of the Class AAAA tournament.
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