clear
Sunday May 29th, 2016 7:39AM

Softball playoffs: Buford cruises; Jefferson, Union split

By staff
Four area programs split doubleheaders in round one of the state softball playoffs, while Buford and Jackson County cruised into the second round with sweeps on Wednesday.

Lumpkin County, Jefferson, Union County and East Hall all saw their opening series go to a deciding Game 3 on Thursday (read a complete game story of East Hall's split by clicking here.).

Banks County and Fannin County both saw their seasons come to an end, however, suffering sweeps at the hands of North Murray and Ringgold, respectively.


BUFORD 2, SONORAVILLE 0
The Lady Wolves wasted no time in stamping their authority on the first round, winning Game 1 11-0 in five innings.

The six-time defending state champs got a no-hit, complete game performance from Bria Bush (13-1) in the pitching circle, while also racking up 13 hits at the plate.

Jordan Deep helped lead the way at the plate for Buford (31-1), launching a home run and going 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Niki Cook also went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored, 1 stolen base. Drew Puckett also finished 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Baylee Sexton also went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Lady Wolves also dominated Game 2, 7-1.

Emily Crocker (9-0) earned the win in the pitching circle, with 3 innings pitched while allowing three hits and one run and striking out one batter. Kennedy Kotula earned the save with three innings of shutout relief and three strikeouts.

Deep starred again at the plate with another home run to cap a 3-for-4 performance that also included a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Tessa Daniels also launched a two-run homerun, while Sydney Stavro tripled and had one RBI and one stolen base. Hasty also finished 2-for-3.

Buford will host Morgan County in the second round of the playoffs beginning Oct. 23.


JEFFERSON 1, WESTMINSTER 1
The Lady Dragons (23-9) dominated Game 1, 8-0 behind winning pitcher Olivia Husted, who allowed just two hits in Jefferson.

Erin Jackson doubled, drove in two runs and finished 2-for-3 to help pace Jefferson at the plate. Husted also helped her own cause at the plate, driving in three runs, while Jordan Phillips also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Savannah Snapp doubled.

Westminster bounced back to edge Game 2, 2-0 and force the deciding Game 3 at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Jefferson.


UNION COUNTY 1, LOVETT 1
Lady Panthers freshman Laken Chambers tossed a no-hitter in her first ever state tournament game to stake Union County to a dominating 9-0, five-inning win in Game 1. One Lovett batter reached based on an error, negating a perfect game.

Crystal Busbee also had four RBI to pace Union at the plate.

Lovett bounced back to win Game 2 7-4 and force a deciding Game 3 at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Atlanta.


AREA SOFTBALL FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF RESULTS FOR WEDNESDAY

Class AAAA
Lumpkin County 1-1 Marist
Lumpkin wins Game 1, 11-8
Marist wins Game 2, 8-4
-- Game 3 Thursday


CLASS AAA
Buford 2-0 Sonoraville
Buford wins Game 1, 11-0
Buford wins Game 2, 7-1

Jackson County 2-0 Blessed Trinity
Jackson wins Game 1, 3-2
Jackson wins Game 2, 11-3

East Hall 1-1 Cartersville
East Hall wins Game 1, 2-1 (8 innings)
Cartersville wins Game 2, 9-6
-- Game 3 Thursday

North Murray 2-0 Banks County
North Murray wins Game 1, 9-8
North Murray wins Game 2, 12-2

Ringgold 2-0 Fannin County
Ringgold wins Game 1, 10-2
Ringgold wins Game 2, 7-4


CLASS AA
Jefferson 1-1 Westminster
Jefferson wins Game 1, 8-0
Westminster wins Game 2, 2-0
-- Game 3 Thursday

Union County 1-1 Lovett
Union wins Game 1, 9-0
Lovett wins Game 2, 7-4
-- Game 3 Thursday
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Bartus, Icemen shuts out Gwinnett
Garrett Bartus pitched a 42 save shutout, as the Evansville IceMen topped the Gwinnett Gladiators on a New year
10:23PM ( 2 years ago )
Gator Bowl Preview Capsule
A rematch of last year's Capital One Bowl, which Georgia won 45-31 in Orlando.
8:52PM ( 2 years ago )
Millsap's 34 leads Hawks past Celtics
Paul Millsap had season highs with 34 points and 15 rebounds as the Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit for a 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday afternoon.
7:44PM ( 2 years ago )
Sports
Big Red Shootout: Buford foils Lady Elephants' upset bid in finale
Buford junior Camille Anderson knows to forget about the past during games.
11:09PM ( 2 years ago )
Boys basketball: Knights rebound with win over Centennial
The Johnson boys bounced back after a loss to Grayson on Friday with a 94-72 win Saturday night over Centennial in the Duluth Jingle Jam.
10:43PM ( 2 years ago )
Girls basketball: Dawson falls in Battle of States finals
Dawson County fell behind early and could not complete the comeback in a 70-65 loss to Hayesville, N.C. in the championship game of The Battle of the States Tournament Saturday night.
10:38PM ( 2 years ago )
High School Sports
Baseball: Panthers, Dragons dominate Region 8-AAA All-Region selections
Region 8-AAA continued to be a major player in Class AAA in 2016 with Jackson County getting within one win of the state championship round.
9:23AM ( 1 hour from now )
Baseball: 2016 Region 7-AAA All-Region team
After a rebounding season for Region 7-AAA as a whole, the 2016 Region 7-AAA All-Region baseball team was released on Friday.
8:10AM ( 30 minutes from now )
Fresh tires propel Hamlin to Charlotte Xfinity win
In an event that bore notable similarities to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race a week earlier, Denny Hamlin won Saturday’s Hisense 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a pass on the final lap.
By Reid Spencer-NASCAR Wire Service
11:26PM ( 8 hours ago )
Braves beat Marlins 7-2 to lock up first home series win
Braves interim manager Brian Snitker says Gordon Beckham is "bouncing around like he's a teenager."
By The Associated Press
8:31PM ( 11 hours ago )
Golf: Ralston, Forrester amongst 11 area golfers named All-State
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.
By AccessWDUN Staff
7:19PM ( 12 hours ago )