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Buford cruises to semifinals in Columbus
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COLUMBUS – Everything seemed to go right for Buford on Thursday in the Class AA state softball tournament in Columbus, and for coach Tony Wolfe, that may not be as good as some might think.

Buford recorded shutouts over Southeast Bulloch 8-0 in five innings and Blessed Trinity 12-0 in four innings to advance to the semifinals Friday at 5 p.m.

"It feels like it came too easy, and that’s always a worry down here because it’s never supposed to be easy," said Wolfe, who is looking to guide his team to a fifth consecutive state championship.

Buford will now move on to the semifinals Friday to face Pike County at 5 p.m.

"Pike County was battle tested today and we’re looking forward to tomorrow and have to make sure our kids don’t relax because of the kind of scores we had today," said Wolfe.

The Lady Wolves jumped on Blessed Trinity early in their second game of the day and never looked back. Kallie Case walked to start off the game, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Remington Hasty and a RBI single from Lexi Overstreet.

Kodi Ricketson hit a solo home run in the second, followed by a two-run single by Tessa Daniels. Noah Sudderth also added a home run, hitting a two-run shot in the third to put her team up 8-0.

That alone was enough for freshman Bria Bush, who picked up the win in the circle, pitching four scoreless innings.

"Bria was really good tonight," Wolfe said. "She threw the ball hard and was real sharp and of course we got her a big lead early so that makes it easy too."

In its first game of the day, Buford’s first hit came in the third inning on a three-run home run by Jordan Deep to break open a scoreless game with Southeast Bulloch. The home run brought in Remington Hasty who was hit by a pitch and Lexi Overstreet who reached on a walk.

The Lady Wolves would pick up another three runs in the fourth in almost identical fashion. This time, it was Overstreet with a three-run blast that brought in Lanier Paul and Hasty, who both reached on walks. It was Overstreet’s 14th home run of the season.

Buford would end the game on the run rule by back-to-back RBIs from Aly Hicks and Paul in the fifth inning.

"Jordan Deep is just a freshman and for her to step up like that was huge and Lexi’s been doing that all year for us," Wolfe said.

Buford’s other freshman ace, Daniels, got the win on the circle in the first game, giving up just two hits.

"I thought she did a great job in the circle," Wolfe said. "To pitch the way she did in her first game in Columbus with the pressure on was great to see."

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