The Buford High School Lady Wolves softball team opened their season on a dominant note winning all three games they played in as part of the Rumble at the Ridge tournament Friday and Saturday. Buford defeated host Peachtree Ridge on Friday night 7-1. On Saturday, the Lady Wolves beat Grayson 7-2 and Alexander 3-0 at the Buford Softball Complex.
Buford 7 Peachtree Ridge 1
Peachtree Ridge would score first off of a wild pitch in the first inning. Buford got things going in the 3rd inning when Taylor Malvin scored off of a single by Mackenzie Pickens. Pickens would steal third. Sophomore Adriana Martinez homered which brought in Pickens and herself. The score is now 3-1 in Buford’s favor. In the fourth inning, Olivia Duncan had a solo home run. In the fifth inning, Emma Castorri had a three-run home run to put the Lady Wolves up 7-1. The game was called after the fifth inning due to lightning and tournament time limits.
Duncan recorded the win. The junior pitched four innings, had three hits, one earned run, two strikeouts and no walks.
This was the first win for new head softball coach Trent Adams.
Buford 7 Grayson 2
Buford hosted Grayson at the Buford Softball Complex bright and early Saturday morning. Senior Taylor Malvin had a milestone during the game as she hit the first home run of her high school career with a two-run home run. Overall, Malvin was 2-for-4 with her two-run home run, three RBIs and a run scored. Other offensive standouts for Buford were Castorri who was 1-for-3 with a solo home run (inside the park) and two RBIs and freshman Abby McKinnis was 2-for-3 with one RBI, two runs and a stolen base.
Sophomore Emma Grace Williams was the winning pitcher. She went for seven innings, allowing two runs to score (one earned), four hits, four strikeouts and no walks.
Buford 3 Alexander 0
In Buford’s second game on Saturday, the Lady Wolves shut out Alexander 3-0. This means Buford is 3-0 on the season and during the tournament. Buford’s three runs scored came in the 2nd inning.
Offensive standouts for the Lady Wolves were Tavye Borders who was 2-for-2 with one run and four stolen bases; McKinnis was 1-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored; Malvin went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases and Duncan was 1-for-2.
Duncan earned her second victory in less than 24 hours after she pitched six innings giving up no runs and only three hits. She struck out 10 batters and had three walks.
Up next for the Lady Wolves is an away game at region opponent Dacula on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.