DAHLONEGA — Defending Class AAAAA state champion Buford opened its 2017 season in impressive style routing Class AAAAAAA South Forsyth 8-0 in five innings Wednesday at the University of North Georgia.
The game was moved from Buford to North Georgia due to wet field conditions at Buford.
Senior pitcher Logan Caymol, the reigning Class AAAAA Pitcher of the Year, earned the win allowing no runs and striking out three in three innings.
Kelsey Bennett RBI grounded out and Anabel Adams knocked in runs in a two-run first to give the Lady Wolves a quick 2-0 lead. Buford blew the game open with a six-run third inning capped by a bases-clearing double from junior Mariah Wicker.
Ansley Byers pitched the final two innings for Buford allowing a pair of singles but no runs.
Reigning Class AAAAA Player of the Year Arielle Oda and Gabby Benson each had two hits, including triples, for the Lady Wolves. Kelsey Bennett had a hit and finished with two RBI for Buford.
Buford next will be one of the host sites for the "Rumble in the Ridge" tournament sponsored by Peachtree Ridge High School. Tournament games start Friday with the Lady Wolves taking on Effingham County at home.
BANKS COUNTY SOFTBALL 9,
TOWNS COUNTY 0
Jaycie Bowen tossed a one-hitter to lead Banks County to a five-inning win over Towns County Wednesday.
The Lady Leopards (3-0) jumped on the Lady Indians (1-2) with three runs in the first, five moe in the second, and one in the third and then turned it over to Bowen, who fanned 10 for the game.
Bowen gave Banks County the lead with a sacrifice fly in the first. In the second inning, the Lady Leopards scored on a double by Tybee Denton, a single by Kya Santiago, a single by Abbie Bailey, and a single by Lyons.
Banks County had nine hits in the game with Lyons and Denton each collecting two hits apiece.
The Lady Leopards next will play host to Lumpkin County on Friday.
Towns County will travel to George Walton Academy on Saturday to open Region 8-A play.
CHESTATEE SOFTBALL 3,
EAST HALL 0
The Lady War Eagles (2-2) produced six hits in the win, led by Caitlyn Babb, who went 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Danielle Ortega also had a hit and a run scored.
Isabel Long and Beth Eddins split pitching duties for Chestatee, with Long going 3 innings with two strikeouts. Eddins also pitched 4 innings with seven strikeouts.
Chestatee scored two runs in the second and one in the sixth.
Chestatee will take on Rabun County on Monday.