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Buford wins fourth straight softball title
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Karly Fullem pitched her 15th complete game this season and allowed only two runs for Buford in a 6-2 victory against Union County to earn the Class AA state championship on Saturday at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus.

With the win, the Lady Wolves (32-4) have four consecutive state titles.

“I’m awfully proud of them,” Lady Wolves coach Tony Wolfe said. “To see them achieve their goals and keep this streak going when they’ve had a target on their backs all season — they’ve handled it so well.”

Lexi Overstreet — who finished the tournament 6-for-10 with six RBIs — led the Lady Wolves with two hits, including a two-run home run. Kallie Case and Melissa Dickie each added a home run for Buford.

Chelsie Thomas finished the game with three hits and a run scored for the Lady Wolves.

Fullem (15-1) got the win, striking out 10, while surrendering six hits and a walk. It was her 15th complete game of the season.

Trailing 2-1 in the seventh, it was Dickie’s solo home run that tied the game at 2-2 before the Lady Wolves pulled away.

“It was a great comeback with our back against the wall,” Wolfe said. “We knew it would be a fight and we didn’t have control really at any point during the game.

We just tried to stay within reach.”

After Dickie’s homer, Aly Hicks walked, Thomas advanced her with a bunt single and Cara Cole bunted and reached on an error. Hicks scored from second on the error. Case hit a sacrifice fly to score Thomas, then
Overstreet’s home run iced the game.

“It was some special late-inning heroics,” Wolfe said. “It’s always special to win late.”

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