PREP ROUNDUP: Buford wins Region 7-AAA softball title

GAINESVILLE -- Bria Bush pitched her 14th complete game of the year in Buford's 5-3 win over Fannin County to clinch the Region 7-AAA championship.

Bush (15-2) allowed seven hits, three runs, three walks and struck out four for the Wolves (24-2).

Jordan Deep got the offense going in the third with a two-run home run. She went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and scored two runs.

Noah Sudderth was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Drew Puckett was 2-for-2 with a run and Niki Cook was 1-for-2 with three steals.

Buford has home field advantage for the first two rounds of the state tournament. It will play the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AAA on Wednesday.


Mill Creek makes state after 1-1 day at region

SUWANEE -- Mill Creek fell to Collins Hill 5-0 in the Region 7-AAAAAA tournament Thursday, but later beat Duluth 4-2 to qualify for the state playoffs.

Heather Felt picked up the win against Duluth for the Eagles (17-11-1), improving her record to 7-5. She gave up three hits, two unearned runs and struck out two in seven innings.

Lauren Bennett went 2-for-3 at the plate against the Wildcats.

Kaitlyn Howell was the losing pitcher against Collins Hill. Mill Creek got only two hits in that game.

The Hawks will play Collins Hill again Friday in the losers bracket.

Grayson 2-1 at tournament Wednesday

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Grayson earned a No. 3 seed for the state playoffs with two wins and a loss Wednesday at the Region 8-AAAAAA tournament.

The Rams (17-14-1) beat Dacula 4-1 in the first game behind the pitching of Jen Spangler (9-7-1). She allowed six hits, one run and struck out one in seven innings.

Taylor Denton was 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and two steals, and Bree Etheridge and Stephanie Snyder went 1-for-2.

The Rams topped Parkview 4-1 in their second game of the day to qualify for state.

Peyton Glover (5-4) won the game in relief, giving up no hits, walks or runs and striking out seven in three innings. Spangler started and gave up two walks, two hits and two runs.

Denton was 2-for-3 in the game with a steal. Snyder went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Glover was 1-for-2, and Rachel Seasholtz was 1-for-3 with a home run and RBI.

Grayson fell to Archer 4-0 in the final game Wednesday.

Glover picked up the loss, giving up four walks, five hits and four runs.

Seasholtz went 1-for-1, and Caroline Sandhagen went 1-for-2 in the game.

Lumpkin County 6, Lanier 3

DANIELSVILLE -- Lanier fell to Lumpkin County 6-3 on Thursday at the Region 8-AAAA and will be a No. 4 seed in the state playoffs.

Holland Coursey went 2-for-4 for the Longhorns. Kaylee Ramos went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Lauren Pettit was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two steals.

Mariah Cordero went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Wesleyan runner-up at 6-AA tourney

ATLANTA -- Wesleyan lost to Westminster 8-4 in the Region 6-AA championship on Thursday in Atlanta.

Amanda DeLaPerriere got the loss.

The Wolves (23-8) reached the championship game by beating Lovett 8-0 in the semifinals. Dacia Jones with the winning pitcher, going six innings and allowing two hits, no runs and struck out three.

CaraMia Tsirigos went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Lillie Baker went2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run.

Providence advances to winners bracket final

NICHOLSON -- Providence beat Commerce 7-0 and George Walton Academy 10-6 on Thursday to advance to the Region 8-A winners bracket final.

MacKenzie Tuttle went the distance and picked up the win in both games for the Storm (8-18-2).

Brittany Tuttle was the leading hitter against Commerce, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Katy Barry and Aubrey Gold went 2-for-3 with two runs.

Jessie Kowalewicz, Allison James, Megan Broom and Amber Roberts each got a hit and drove in a run in the game.

Against George Walton, MacKenzie Tuttle went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs, and Kowalewicz went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, double and three runs.

Barry had a hit and three runs, and Gold had a hit, run and RBI in the second game.

Providence will play Prince Avenue Christian today for the chance to advance to the region finals out of the winners bracket.


Mill Creek drops pair of matchups

KENNESAW -- Mill Creek fell to state power Harrison on Thursday and wasn't able to recover later, also falling to Roswell.

Emily Wylie led the Hawks (36-7) with 10 kills. Cayla Graham added nine kills.

Collins Hill splits home matches

SUWANEE -- Collins Hill beat Dacula on Thursday in two matches, but later fell to Alpharetta in two.

Sam Rivera led the Eagles (12-15) with 10 kills and five blocks. Courtney Oster had three kills, 13 assists, four aces and 14 digs.

Jen Ahlswede had 14 assists and five aces, and Zuri Fenderson had eight kills.

Brookwood falls to Johns Creek, Walton

SNELLVILLE -- Brookwood lost to both Johns Creek and Walton in two sets Thursday.

Maggie Collins led the Broncos (18-18) with eight kills and two blocks. Leslie Stinnett had seven kills and two blocks.

Farrah Butter had six kills and four blocks, and Hannah Kitchen had 35 assists.

Peachtree Ridge beats Meadowcreek, Archer

SUWANEE -- Brittany Thomas had 25 assists in Peachtree Ridge's two-set wins over Meadowcreek and Archer on Thursday.

Natassja Thomas had 13 kills, and Cosette Morche had 12 kills for the Lions (15-20).

Woodward beats Wesleyan

COLLEGE PARK -- Wesleyan fell to Woodward Academy 3-1 in a best-of-five matchup on Thursday.

Katie Van Laeke led the Wolves (31-11) with 11 kills. Anna Davis had nine kills, and Natalie Connor had seven aces.

Hebron sweeps in Cobb

KENNESAW -- Hebron went on the road and beat Mount Pisgah and North Cobb Christian in two sets Thursday.

Eden Murray led the Lions (31-10) with 18 kills and four blocks. Bridgette Oduro had nine kills, and Ashleigh Thomas had eight kills.

Alli Johnson had six kills, and Anna Katherine Wilson had 39 assists and six aces.

GAC beats Parkview

NORCROSS -- GAC defeated Parkview in three sets Thursday in a best-of-five matchup.

Seniors Emma Taylor (15 digs, six aces, eight kills) and Jennie McCarty (30 assists, 12 digs) led the Spartans (25-8) in their final home games.

Tayler McPherson and Madison Kerr both contributed nine kills.

Riley Weyher had seven kills and five digs to lead the Panthers. Cori Harber had two aces, three kills, 13 assists and three digs, and Vickie Harris had three kills and a pair of blocks.

Shiloh splits matches

SUWANEE -- Shiloh ended its regular season by beating Dunwoody in two sets before losing to North Gwinnett in three on Thursday.

Gloria Watson led the Generals (16-9) against North with three kills, one assist, two blocks and seven digs.

Erica Lewis had seven digs, and Jaqueline Harris had seven assists, a block and a dig in the meeting.

Harris led the Generals against Dunwoody with 14 assists, four blocks and five digs. Lewis had two assists and 19 digs.

Brianna Campbell had two aces, five kills, six blocks and five digs in the contest.

Providence beats Grayson, Berkmar

LILBURN -- Providence beat Grayson and Berkmar in two sets on Thursday.

Katie Scott had 18 assists for the Storm (26-11), and Ansley Thomas had six aces.

Maddie Jones had 12 kills, and Erin Yost had 11 kills.

Mountain View splits with Cambridge, North Springs

MILTON -- Mountain View topped Cambridge in two sets Thursday before losing to North Springs in two sets.

The Bears' senior night is Tuesday against Brookwood.

-- Compiled by Michael Buckelew