Lady Jackets win, unbeaten in district play

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Prep softball playoffs



The Buford High softball team, which had dropped seven straight losses to county and Region IV-AA foe Andrew Jackson, picked the right time to turn the tables on the host Lady Volunteers.

BHS, 18-3, rallied to top the third-ranked Lady Vols, 4-3 to earn a bid to the Class AA Upper State district title game on Friday, April 26.

“Our girls showed a lot of heart and battled back to get the win,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “They never lost their focus after falling behind 3-0 off the bat.”

The No. 4 Lady Jackets opened the playoffs with a 16-2 win over North Central on Thursday, April 25 and then edged the 20-8 AJ girls to become the lone unbeaten team in district play.

Buford will host the district championship game Wednesday, May 1, seeking a win to move to the Class AA Upstate championship series.

AJ, with its loss to BHS, will have to win an elimination game Monday, April 29 to have a chance to face the Lady Jackets for the right to move on to the Class AAAA Upper State final four.

AJ struck for three first-inning runs, but Buford steadily fought back to gain the one-run comeback win.

Courtney Ackerman’s RBI-double in the fourth inning scored Keri Beard for what proved to be the winning run.

Carley Bailey, the BHS senior hurler, went seven innings and allowed 10 hits and a walk.

Bailey and Mikayla Hannah each had two hits and drove in a run. Ashley Lloyd also had two hits.

Cassidy Solomon had a hit and drove in a run as did Ackerman. Sydney Sullivan and Beard each had a hit.

AJ was led by Hannah Cobb, who had three hits and drove in two runs. Kinsley Adams had two hits and drove in a run. Haley Faulkenberry and Savannah McKittrick each supplied two hits. Summer Truesdale had a hit and scored a run. Kori Ballard also tallied a run for AJ.

“Buford deserves the credit for an outstanding comeback,” AJ coach Steve Middleton said. “They made the plays and we didn’t and that was the key.”

Lady Jackets roll

The Buford Lady Jackets launched the Class AA Upper State softball playoffs with a 16-2 road win over North Central on Thursday, April 25.

BHS senior hurler Carley Bailey pitched two innings and posted five strikeouts. She allowed two hits and no walks. Ashley Lloyd hurled three innings and fanned four. She gave up five hits, two walks and two runs.

Peyton Hovis drilled two hits and drove in three runs for the Lady Jackets.

Carley Bailey and Mikayla Hannah had two hits and a pair of RBIs each.

Keri Beard had two hits and a RBI.

Sydney Sullivan, Sydney Jones and Adriana Ray each supplied a hit and drove in a run.

Alyson Parker and Kristen Wemes each added a hit.

Ashley Lloyd, Carson Mehaffey, Cassidy Solomon and Jensen Shelby each had a RBI in the Buford victory.

AJ girls cruise

The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers rolled to an 11-0 win over Columbia on Thursday, April 25 at the AJ field.

Lauren Rowell, 12-3, went two innings for the win and fanned four. Lindsey Robinson, in three innings, struck out seven.

Summer Truesdale led the AJ attack with two hits and drove in two runs.

Haley Faulkenberry and Katlyn Starnes each had two hits and drove in a run.

Angela Sims supplied a a hit and drove in two runs.

Kori Ballard, Hannah Cobb, Claire McManus, T.G. McCowan and Mallory Ray each had a hit and drove in a run.

Halle Thompson added a hit.

Lancaster rebounds

The Lancaster High Lady Bruins rebounded from a tough opening round loss in the Class AAAA Upper State District II softball playoffs to blank Easley, 3-0 at the LHS softball field on Friday, April 26.

The LHS win came a day after the Lady Bruins dropped a 2-1 road loss to Spring Valley in the opening round of the Class AAAA Upper State playoffs.

In the win over EHS on Friday, Lancaster senior hurler Katy Ghent tossed a three-hitter and fanned six in a route job. Ghent had a RBI-hit to aid the LHS cause.

Kaela Robinson drilled a triple, single and scored two runs.

Gracie Revels rapped a triple and scored a run. Morgan Cope had a hit and drove home a run.

Elizabeth Gaston and Pagan Glenn had a hit apiece for the Lady Bruins.

In the loss at Spring Valley, the host Lady Vikings scored a run in the seventh to take the win.

LHS loaded the bases with one out in the top of the frame, but couldn’t get a run home.

Ghent, who faced 29 batters, allowed six hits and three walks. She struck out seven.

Kaela Robinson and Claire Brown each had three hits. Gracie Revels drilled two hits.

Jada Ames, Elizabeth Gaston and Kailee Glover each had a hit. Morgan Cope drove in a run.

Lancaster, 12-9, will seek to stay alive on Monday when they play an elimination game against the loser of the Spring Valley vs. Boiling Springs game which was played Saturday.