Softball: Buford posts 5-1 record in Brookwood Invitational
By Brad Brown
The Lady Wolves of Buford continued their assault upon teams in larger classifications in play this week at the Brookwood Invitational Tournament. While rolling to a 5-1 overall record, the Buford girls played 2 teams in Class AAAAA, and three teams in Class AAAA ( all three of those teams ranked in the top 10 according to the latest PrepCountry. com coaches poll).
The Buford team scored 37 runs over the 6-game course, while allowing only seven batters of their opponents to cross the plate. Several Buford players had huge games for the Wolves. Leading the way was senior Lexi Overstreet. Overstreet hit .667 for the tournament, while hitting 3 doubles and 2 homeruns, and driving in 9 runs for the Wolves. After already breaking the BHS career doubles record earlier in the year, Lexi set a new school record for career RBI’s this weekend. With a three-RBI performance against Fannin County on Friday night, Overstreet broke the BHS school record formerly held by Alysha Rudnik, now a catcher at Georgia Tech. Lexi has now driven in 133 runs during her four-year career at Buford, with hopefully another month of the season yet to play.
Fellow senior Kallie Case also had a great week of play for the Wolves. Case hit .412 for Buford , getting on base 11 times out of her 17 at bats. And when Kallie got on base with her bat, she took another base with her feet, stealing 11 bases out of 11 attempts. Kallie scored 9 of the 37 runs the Buford team scored during the tournament.
In a good sign for the future, two Buford freshmen had a great tournament as well. Freshman Jordan Deep continued her impressive play for the Wolves, batting .667 for the tournament. Deep hit 2 doubles and went deep in hitting two home runs for Buford over the six tournament games played. She also had five RBIs. Freshman Remington Hasty made her varsity debut during the tournament, being called up from the junior varsity squad after they finished their season. She quickly set about making a great first impression with her new team, batting a sizzling .714 ( 5 for 7 ), with one double and one triple, while driving in three runs for the Wolves.
Not to be outdone by the big sticks of the Buford offense, the two Buford pitchers for the tournament had great outings also. Freshmen Bria Bush and Tessa Daniels teamed up for a 0.60 earned run average for the tournament. Opposing batters hit an anemic .161 against them. Bria pitched for two of the five Buford victories, improving her season record to 6-3 , while striking out 17 of the 64 batters she faced during the tournament. Tessa had three wins for the week, with no earned runs allowed. She improved her season record to 11-2.
With the conclusion of the Brookwood Tournament, Buford’s regular season record stands at 22-8. Only six of those games were played against teams in their own classification or less. Of the 8 Buford losses, seven were against ranked opponents, and 6 were against teams in higher classifications. Buford will begin their post-season schedule and their “Drive for Five” this Wednesday in the Region 6AA tournament at Blessed Trinity in Roswell. The Wolves’ opponent will be Westminster. The top four teams coming out of the region tournament will advance to the 1st round of the state playoffs to be held on October 12-13.