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Senior pitcher Ansleigh Hollifield had a career-high 10 strikeouts for Buford against South Forsyth. Photo – Alicia Couch Payne

DAHLONEGA — Buford’s varsity softball team traveled to the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega on Thursday night to play against South Forsyth in a game that they were supposed to play on Wednesday.  It was rescheduled due to rain and lightning in the area at Mill Creek High School where the game was to be held originally as part of the Hawk/Bulldog tournament.

Errors on South Forsyth’s part proved to be costly for them against the Lady Wolves.  Buford beat them 6-2.  South Forsyth got in a hole early and could never really rally a comeback.  Buford scored five runs in the second inning and another in the third inning.  South Forsyth attempted to rally back in the fifth and sixth innings scoring one run each but the Buford defense fielded the balls successfully stopping any further runs being scored.

Senior pitcher Ansleigh Hollifield recorded the win for Buford on the mound for five innings. She had a personal best night as a pitcher striking out a career-high ten batters. In her five innings she gave up five hits, one earned run and walked two.  Riley Reese came on in the sixth inning for the Lady Wolves.  Reese recorded the save giving up one hit, one run scored and walking one.

Offensively, Hollifield led Buford hitting two for four with one RBI earned. Other offensive standouts for Buford were senior Anabel Adams who hit one for three, one RBI, one run scored, and stole two bases and senior Kara Taylor also went one for three, earned one RBI and scored a run. Rounding out the top offensive players for the Lady Wolves was another senior Adi English who also had a one for three performance with one RBI earned.

Buford (4-2) will be on the road on Saturday, August 17 at North Gwinnett High School to continue play in the Hawk/Bulldog tournament.  Buford’s first game will be at 9 a.m. against Evans (4-1) and then will play North Gwinnett (6-0) at 1 p.m.

— Staff Reports

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