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Athlete of the Week: Ashley Razey

Senior slugs Buford to state titel

POSTED: November 3, 2007 5:04 a.m.

Her game-winning grand slam against Greater Atlanta Christian returned to Earth on Friday night on the opposite side of the center-field fence in Columbus.

But Buford senior Ashley Razey has yet to come down.

Razey, a senior, produced clutch hit after clutch hit for the Lady Wolves in their run to a Class AA state softball title last week. The grand slam against Greater Atlanta Christian came in the eighth inning and broke a scoreless tie, sending the Lady Wolves to the state championship game.

"I knew it was gone," Razey said. "It was a pretty solid hit."

Buford finished off Berrien 8-1 last Saturday for its first state title in any female sport. Razey went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in that game, the last in her career with the Lady Wolves.

In all her at-bats, Razey said her nerves never got the best of her.

"I didn’t really get nervous," she said. "I just told myself ‘I can do this. I can do this for my team.’"

After the state title was clinched, the team celebrated on the field "for like an hour," Razey said. The Lady Wolves then continued the celebration at a nearby Texas Roadhouse.

"Not really," Razey said when asked her excitement had dropped since Saturday night. "There was a big thing at school today, congratulating us and everything. They hung big signs up everywhere."

While those signs will eventually come down, Razey left a more permanent mark at Buford, setting several season and career records.

For the 2007 season, her batting average (.510), home runs (10), slugging percentage (.961), on-base percentage (.598) and RBIs (47) are all single-season records at Buford.

In her two years at Buford, she set the career records for batting average (.441), home runs (16), slugging percentage (.775) and on-base percentage (.515).

As for where she will be next year, Razey isn’t sure. But she does know she would still like to be playing softball. She said she is still looking at colleges.

But right now, Razey and the rest of the Lady Wolves aren’t done celebrating.

"I’m just enjoying it while I can," she said.



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