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PREP ROUNDUP: Kleinschmidt K's 1,000th batter

BUFORD -- It wasn't the best night for Providence softball, but it was a still a night to celebrate.

Dominating pitcher Kylie Kleinschmidt struck out 13 batters over two games to surpass the 1,000 career mark for strikeouts.

She now sits at 1,003.

But No. 1,000 came in the fourth inning in a loss to Buford.

"You wonder how it is going to play out," said Providence coach Scotty Strong. "Softball is a team game, but this is an individual accomplishment that deserves recognition."

The team saved the ball and Strong said he plans to give it to her at the end of the year banquet. A strikeout milestone is nice, but Providence and Kleinschmidt have bigger goals.

"Her goal is to contribute to help us get to Columbus and be one of the final teams," Strong said.

Providence tied 0-0 with Union County, ending the game after seven innings due to time limit. The Stars then fell to host Buford in the Wolves' invitational 7-1. Kleinschmidt took the tie and the loss bringing her record to 4-2-1 on the year. She pitched 14 innings on the day.

The Stars scored just one run in the two games and it came from Jessie Kowalewicz who went 1-for-2 with a run and a stolen base against Buford.

But the night belonged to Kleinschmidt who has put together an unprecedented career at Providence.

"I couldn't be more proud of a pitcher that I have coached," Strong said. "The talent she has is God-given and she has taken that talent and developed it."

SOFTBALL

Brookwood 5, Kell 3

MARIETTA -- Jenny Blackwell went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI to help the Broncos take a 5-3 victory over Kell in eight innings on Wednesday.

Susan Norris finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, Mandy Blackwell was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs, while Jessica Neidigh went 1-for-3 with two runs, and Taylor Stercay added a run for Brookwood. Rachel Hill earned the win after she struck out three batters in eight innings for Brookwood (7-4).

Mill Creek 4, Collins Hill 1

HOSCHTON -- Lauren Kaczynski threw a three hitter and gave up one earned run to earn a win and help Mill Creek beat Collins Hill 4-1 on Wednesday.

Nikki Sagermann went 2-for-2 with an RBI, Anyssa Robles had a hit and two RBIs, Brittany Bass added a hit and an RBI, and Chandler Griffin contributed two hits for Mill Creek (6-0, 3-0).

Ariele Patterson went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Mckenzie Halstead scored a run for Collins Hill. Ally LeGette allowed one hit and no runs in 32/3 innings for the Eagles (7-1-1, 1-1).

Parkview 9, South 1

LILBURN -- Eryn Stepp had two runs and a home run to help the Panthers take a 9-1 win over South Gwinnett on Wednesday.

Molly McClure was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Mia Marshall was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Amanda Chambers got the win on the mound after striking out seven batters in six innings for Parkview (2-1, 2-0).

Buford beats Jefferson, Providence

BUFORD -- Buford defeated Jefferson 5-1 and Providence 7-1 on Wednesday at the Buford Invitational tournament.

Melissa Dickie (2-1) threw a complete game, struck out nine batters, gave up two walks and three hits to earn the win against Jefferson.

Kallie Case went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs and an RBI, Kodi Ricketson was 1-for-2 with a home run, RBI and run scored, Karly Fullem went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Lexi Overstreet had two RBIs for the Wolves.

Against Providence, Fullem (3-0) pitched a complete game and gave up two walks, two hits and struck out five batters to register the win.

Offensively Fullem was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run, while Lexi Overstreet went 2-for-2 with a three run home run, four RBIs and a run. Kallie Case was 2-for-3 with a triple, three runs and an RBI, while Chelsie Thomas added two runs and a double for the Wolves (5-1).

Lanier wins first game

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Lanier lost its first game 13-1 against West Forsyth, and took an 8-5 victory over Flowery Branch to win its first game ever at the Buford Invitational tournament on Wednesday.

Against West Forsyth Lauren Pettit and Hannah Coursey each went 1-for-2, while Heather Kellett was 1-for-2 with an RBI for Lanier.

Lanier totaled 12 hits against Flowery Branch. Kaylee Ramos got the win for Lanier after she threw a complete game and struck out five batters. Offensively, Ramos was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, while Holland Coursey went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, and Lauren Pettit was 2-for-4 with two runs. Hannah Coursey finished 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, Amberly Hays was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, Brittney Mosley finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run, while Meghan Kellett went 1-for-2 for Lanier.

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