GAINESVILLE -- Buford softball scored early and often en route to a 9-0, five inning defeat of North Hall on Thursday in Gainesville.<br />
The Lady Wolves (18-1, 6-0 Region 7-AAA) scored in every inning of the game, beginning with three runs in the top of the first inning, while Buford sophomore Jordan Deep led off the third inning with a monster home run to left centerfield that cleared the fence and the trees behind the North Hall softball field. <br />
Deep just missed another home run in the fourth inning, hitting another shot that landed at the base of the wall, for a double. <br />
Meanwhile, sophomore pitcher Bria Bush (12-1) allowed only two hits in five innings, striking out six, and walking two for her 10th complete game and fourth shutout of the year. North Hall batters moved past first base once during the game -- on a passed ball in the first inning.<br />
Jordan Deep finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Tessa Daniels also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Remington Hasty also added a double, two RBIs and a run scored, while Baylee Sexton was 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases.<br />
Buford's next game will be Tuesday against St. Pius in Buford.
The Dawson boys basketball team extended their perfect start to the season to 13-0 -- their best opening in over 40 years -- on Saturday, claiming the Battle of the States tournament title in the process, 62-22 over Murphy, N.C., in Hiawassee.
Gainesville's Spencer Ralston was named Class AAAAA boys player of the year, while North Hall's Bartley Forrester was named first team for Class AAAA boys in the 2016 Georgia High School Golf Coaches Association (GHSGCA) All-State team released this week.
Kyle Larson is close – and he knows it. Two weeks ago at Dover International Speedway, he ran a near second to Matt Kenseth in the AAA 400, dogging the race winner to the finish line on the final green-flag run.
Nick Markakis hit a tie-breaking, two-run single off third baseman Nick Prado's glove with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Friday night for a rare home win.