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County Council honors Lady Jackets

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By Chris Sardelli

Smiling as the crowd gave them a standing ovation, the Buford High Lady Jackets were honored by Lancaster County Council on Monday.

The team made history May 20 when it completed a two-game sweep of the Johnsonville Lady Flashes to win Buford High’s first-ever Class A state softball championship.

Council Chairman Fred Thomas and Councilman Cotton Cole were present for the historic win.

Thomas said it was “an incredible game.”

Wanting to celebrate the team’s achievement, Thomas and Cole asked council how best to honor the players.

Council decided on a proclamation to name May 20 as Buford Lady Jacket Softball Day.  

“It was all of council’s idea,” Thomas said. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we thought it was worthy of recognition by council.”

The majority of the softball team, as well as first-year coach “C” Davis, were on hand to receive the honor from council. The team lined up in front of council and listened as Cole read the proclamation, which congratulated the team on its 26-9 record, including 13 shutouts.

Davis said she was proud of her team’s winning season and team members’ commitment to each other.

“I can’t tell you enough about this group of girls,” Davis said. “They just have this will, this determination. It gives me chill bumps when I think about it.”

Thomas and Cole shook hands or gave high-fives to each member of the team before presenting the coach with the proclamation.

Speaking over the applause from the crowd, Thomas said council will be proud of the team no matter their record next season.

“We’re not asking you to duplicate what you did, but we believe you will be darn competitive next year,” Thomas said. “You’ve distinguished yourselves for life. God bless you all.”  

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416