DALTON - Karly Fullem and Melissa Dickey each threw shutouts, while Alysha Rudnik went a combined 4-for-8 with three doubles and two RBIs as the top-ranked Wolves advanced to the winner's bracket finals Friday at the Class AA state softball sectional at the Heritage Pointe Softball Complex.
Buford (29-2-1) first defeated Crawford County 8-0 behind a six-inning perfect game from Fullem (13-1), which included 10 strikeouts.
Rudnik and Whitney Holman (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) led the offense, which also got support from Chelsie Thomas (2-for-3, RBI) and Brandi Hellemn (1-for-3, RBI).
In the nightcap, Dickey (14-1) gave up just three hits and struck out eight to lead the Wolves to a 4-0 win over Jefferson.
Rudnik again had a big game, as did Samantha Ramey, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Also contributing were Lexy Overstreet (2-for-3, RBI) and Whitney Wolfe (1-for-3, RBI).
Buford will play North Oconee for a spot in the next week's state tournament this afternoon at 2.
GAC a win away from state
DALTON - The Spartans (18-15) are a win away from the state tournament in Columbus after wins of 13-0 over Heard County and 2-0 over East Jackson on Friday.
Sarah Armstrong (9-9) gave up just one hit and struck out four in four innings in the opener and helped lead a 13-hit GAC attack by going 2-for-3 and driving in three runs.
Chaney Means went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Briana Stewart was 2-for-3.
Armstrong and Means then each had two hits in the late game, while Sierra Lawrence doubled to ignite a two-run rally in a scoreless game in the sixth inning.
Carly Busbee (8-6) scattered five hits and added a strikeouts for the complete-game shutout.
The Spartans take on Blessed Trinity in another winner's bracket final today at 2 p.m.
Mill Creek 2, Brookwood 0
WOODSTOCK - Morgan Bullock threw a six-hit shutout and also doubled and scored as the No. 6 Hawks (24-6) downed the Broncos in first-round action.
Amberlie Saxton provided the other run with a solo home run, while Jenna Holland went 2-for-3 as Mill Creek advanced to the second round, where it will take on second-ranked Cherokee today at 9 a.m.
Parkview 4, North Gwinnett 0
WOODSTOCK - Desirae Thomas threw a one-hitter and struck out 16 as the Panthers (24-9) moved on to the second round with a win over the Bulldogs.
Thomas also added a double at the plate, while Jamie Dennis and Summer Rose each added two hits for Parkview, which will play Kell today at 9 a.m.