BUFORD — For the 15th consecutive year, Buford will make an appearance at the Elite Eight softball tournament in Columbus next week after they defeated Ola on Wednesday in a doubleheader. Buford won the first game 5-0 in seven innings and 11-0 in five innings in game two.
In game one, senior Ansleigh Hollifield pitched a perfect game against Ola. She struck out a career-high of batters, did not give up any hits or walks in her seven innings of work.
Hollifield would also lead the team offensively as well going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a solo home run, two RBIs, and a run. Senior Anabel Adams also had a solo home run earning one RBI and one run. Junior Abbi Perkins went 1-for-3 with a double earning one RBI and a run while sophomore Taylor Malvin would also earn an RBI.
Game two once again saw Hollifield (12-2) in the circle for the Wolves. She pitched 3 and 1/3 innings striking out six, gave up no runs, two hits, and one walk. She was relieved in the fourth by senior Riley Reese to a standing ovation from the crowd and her teammates. Reese would pitch the final two innings where she would only give up two walks.
After both Adams and Hollifield had home runs in the first game, they each sent bombs over the wall in the second game. Adams went 3-for-3, had a triple, a 3-run home run, earned five RBIs and three runs. Hollifield also went 3-for-3 hitting a solo home run and then a 2-run home run. She earned four RBIs and two runs. Perkins was 2-for-4, double, and two runs. Junior Emi Hall was 1-for-3, a triple, one RBI, and had three runs.
After 11 runs the game was called in the fifth inning.
Buford (22-9) will be heading to the Elite Eight tournament in Columbus, Ga. next week. Go Wolves!