Buford High School’s softball team opened its 2023 season with a dominating 14-0 win against South Forsyth.
The matchup, which was played in five innings, was part of the Rumble at the Ridge tournament sponsored by Peachtree Ridge High School and was held at the Buford Softball Complex.
- Senior Madison Pickens hit her first career grand slam to cap off a nine-run fifth inning for Buford. Madison went 2-for-3, with a double, four RBIs, two runs scored and one stolen base
- Senior Mackenzie Pickens hit a two-run home run in the third inning and went 2-for-4, with two RBIs and two runs scored
- Sophomore Kadyn Gabrels hit her first varsity career home run in the third inning and went 1-for-3, an RBI and two runs scored
- Sophomore Caroline Stanton pitched four innings with no hits, nine strikeouts and three walks
“It was a great way to start the season for sure. I thought we had some great approaches at the plate, working the count , and not getting ourselves out on pitch selection. The main highlight for me was to be back together as a Family on the field. It was pretty cool to see the Pickens twins each hit a home run in a single game. It was great to see Kadyn Gabrels hit her first Varsity home run. Our Seniors are doing an excellent job on the field as well as the locker room leading this team. I thought Stanton and Williams threw the ball well for us. We are excited about the upcoming season. Looking forward to watching what we work on in practice show up in games.”