By Stephen Black
Class AAA No. 1 Buford clinched a berth in the state playoffs with wins over East Hall and Fannin County in the Region 7-AAA tournament Saturday. The Wolves’ game against No. 3 Dawson County was rained out Monday night. Emily Crocker earned the win against East Hall while Briana Bush got her 13th win against Fannin County. Jordan Deep was 6-for-8 with five RBIs in the two games. The win over Fannin County gave Buford its 300th all-time win in fastpitch softball. The Wolves are hitting .357 as a team and are holding opponents to a .201 average. … Creekview shut out Northview 12-0 Friday to clinch a berth in the Region 7-AAAAA region finals at Pope. The Grizzlies will take on the Greyhounds on Wednesday in a 3-game series. … Class AAAAAA No. 1 Lassiter finished the regular season 25-2-1 and won its first game in the Region 5-AAAAAA tournament over Roswell 7-0. The Trojans have won 10 straight games. … Walker struggled to a 10-13 regular season record, but improved greatly on its 3-22 finish in 2011. Sophomore Katlin Seger has helped the Wolverines by hitting .594 with 15 doubles and a home run. … Fellowship Christian’s Dariean Ward, a junior, and Olivia Karam, a freshman, are among the state leaders in batting average. In 11 games, Ward is hitting .784 and Karam is batting .771. Ward has also homered 10 times. … South Paulding sophomore pitcher Madason Messer has 15 of her team’s 19 wins this season. Messer carries a 15-4 record with 16 complete games and seven shutouts.