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Buford wins, Jackson County falls in first round at Columbus
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COLUMBUS -- The Buford softball team scored four runs in the first and two in the second en route to a 7-1 win over Jackson High on Thursday in the first game of the state tournament.

With the win, the Lady Wolves advance to the nightcap, where they will face Chapel Hill, which defeated Jackson County 4-1 in its opener.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Lady Wolves sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom half, scoring four and grabbing control of the game.

Niki Cook led off the inning with a single, stole second and moved to third on an error to set up a sacrifice fly by Remington Hasty. Jordan Deep followed with a walk, and then Tessa Daniels broke the inning open with a two-run homer.

After struggling in the first inning, pitcher Bria Bush settled down for Buford, tossing five innings and allowing just a single earned run to get the win. Daniels finished 1 for 2 with a home run and three RBIs.

The Lady Wolves will face Chapel Hill in the second round at 7:45 tonight. Jackson County, after its loss to Chapel Hill, will Jackson at 11 a.m. Friday.

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