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Athlete of the Week: Buford's Lexi Overstreet

Broke school record for career RBIs and doubles in a season

POSTED: September 27, 2011 9:38 p.m.

Lexi Overstreet had been hit by a pitch during a game against Loganville in the Brookwood Invitational and began to think of all the negative consequences of an injured wrist.

She was on her way to hospital as a precautionary measure when a teammate's father told her, "Congratulations."

To her surprise, Overstreet had broken the Buford career record for RBIs. She later learned she also had broken the school mark for doubles in a season.

Last week in the Brookwood Invitational, Overstreet continued to showed authority at the plate batting .750, with nine RBIs, three doubles, two home runs, and two stolen bases in five games.

For her performance, Overstreet has been selected as The Times Athlete of the Week.

Coach Tony Wolfe hardly has the adjectives to describe what Overstreet bring to the Lady Wolves.

"She has been phenomenal since her freshman year, putting up all-state-like numbers," Wolfe said.

He also said that the three time all-state player is the most patient softball player he has coached, citing the fact that six of her last seven home runs have come with two strikes.

A true "team-first" player according to her coach, Overstreet had no idea if the number of records she had broken when they were announced at Buford Senior Night, even since her freshman year when she broke the Buford record for batting average as a freshman at .422 in 2008.

"The RBI record is the most important record though," she said. "Because that scores runs and the more runs equals more wins."

The University of Tennessee commit now holds the school marks for RBIs (133), doubles (42) and with eight home runs is only two powerful left-handed swings away from holding yet another school record.

Overstreet said when she came to the program as a freshman, she heard over and over again of how good players like Jesse Groves, Ashley Razey and Alysha Rudnik were when they played at Buford. Now Groves' and Rudnik's names have been replaced by "Lexi Overstreet" in the record books.

"It's pretty cool to know I will be remembered," Overstreet said.

Now Overstreet's focus turns to postseason play, and it is only fitting that the Lady Wolves are starting to get hot toward the end of the season, winning 17 of their last 19 games.

"We have grown a lot since the beginning of the year, Overstreet said, "and now we are starting to play Buford softball."

Both Wolfe and Overstreet know the road ahead to accomplishing their team's goals is long, but they are confident about where the team has come from since the beginning of the year.

The Lady Wolves opened their season with one of the toughest non-region schedules in the state and started 1-3, battling inexperience and injuries.

Wolfe said he wanted to prepare the young team for the challenges they will face in October.

Overstreet has played for three consecutive Region 6-AA and Class AA state championships and thinks this year should be no different if the team continues to play up to its abilities.

"Getting to state is the most important," Overstreet said, "I want to be the last team playing on the last day and win the last game."



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