Softball: Buford blasts Lassiter in top-ranked showdown

By Stephen Black

Score Atlanta

Buford staked a claim as the state’s best team regardless of classification with a 9-0 win over Class AAAAAA No. 1 Lassiter Monday. The game was called after the fifth inning due to the run rule. It was Lassiter’s third loss of the season and Buford’s seventh win over a Class AAAAAA foe. The Wolves’ lone loss was to Collins Hill, however.

Buford pitcher Bria Bush (7-1) dominated Lassiter and gave up just one hit. The Wolves broke through in the second inning with five runs on four hits. Senior Nikki Cook was 2-for3 with a triple and an RBI.

Class AAA No. 1 Buford improved to 21-1 with a 17-9 win over Banks County Tuesday. The Wolves sprinted out to a 9-0 lead in the first, but watched as Banks County rallied for eight runs in the third. But Buford rallied to score even in the third and the issue was no longer in doubt.

Remington Hasty was 4-for-4 with four RBIs and a homer for Buford while junior Emily Crocker improved to 6-0 with the win. Sophomore Drew Puckett hit a grand slam and Alexus Murray was 2-for-2 with three RBIs. The Wolves are 10-0 in Region 7-AAA.

Visiting Northview (5-3 in Region 7-AAAAA) upset Creekview (7-1) 8-7 on Tuesday night. Northview was ld by senior Jordan Horton, who had three hits, including the game-winner. Sophomore Melissa Muench (5-3) earned the win after tossing a complete game. Senior Rachel Sable and sophomore Melissa Muench each had two hits. Ashley Walraven homered for Creekview.

North Atlanta sophomore middle infielder Paris Powell is among the state leaders with a .568 batting average. Powell’s Warriors are 10-7 overall and 5-4 in Region 6-AAAAA play. … Sprayberry sophomore first baseman Kierston Moore is hitting .549 with six home runs, seven doubles and 19 RBIs. … Another sophomore, Amber Winters of East Paulding, has a .446 average with 42 RBIs and 29 runs.

8 comments Add your comment

Snoopy

September 25th, 2013
11:20 am

No surprise here…

Buford is King of the Hill in most sports & academics…

To totally crush another AAAAAA power is no biggie..

For those haters out there, I have said many times (in any sport): Ask your AD to call Dexter Woods (the AD at Buford) to put your team on the schedule… All I hear from many AAAAAA schools is ~ crickets crickets ~~

Aside from the Red Elephants of Gainesville (AAAAA) no one wants a part of the Wolves!!!

Dr Fever

September 25th, 2013
12:07 pm

All schools that recruit should do well regardless. Try playing with the kids from your district.

Snoopy

September 25th, 2013
2:07 pm

Dr – Has your local team been steamrolled by the Wolves??

If your facilities were up to par, & academics up to par, the students would WANT to be a part of your program..

No recruiting needed…

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

September 25th, 2013
3:06 pm

Snoopy. Mad props to Buford and its well documented sports and academic achievements.

Howeva, when you guys (and gals) regularly crush opponents three classes up in almost all sports from softball to volleyball to chess, well sumpins up. Don’t ya think? Hmmmm…..

Really?

September 25th, 2013
3:57 pm

Does anyone really think that a school would recruit in girls softball? Buford may attract kids who don’t live in the distict that want to be a part of the success they’ve had, but it’s hard to believe they’d be “recruiting” in softball!

BT

September 26th, 2013
7:33 am

Buford does not have to recruit, when you have the academic and athletic succes as they do, people want to be a part of that success. Their BOE and city government are committed to excellence.Do they have an unfair advantage? Yes they do but that is life. If anyone of you were in the same situation you would be doing the same thing.

Dr Fever

September 26th, 2013
7:35 am

Yes I do believe that a school would recruit girls in softball. My daughter was in the ‘travel’ cycle for six years and I saw it all the time. Remember, it doesn’t have to be the coach or staff that recruit players, the girls and parents do a helluva job at that. And no, your team did not ’steamroll’ my local team. My ‘local team’ handed you your only loss this year. And no, I do not have a dog in this fight, my daughter is a college senior.

Really?

September 26th, 2013
12:07 pm

Dr Fever…parents and players talking to another player to tell them that they really like their school (in this case, Buford) and that they should consider attending does not constitute “recruiting” in the sense that is implied on some message boards.

Parents or players sharing their positive experience with friends would be similar to you inviting someone to your church because you’d like to share your positive experience.

I guess you’d have to define “recruiting”?