COLUMBUS — For the second time in three games in the Class AAA State Softball Tournament, Buford struck early and often.
Morgan Walters blasted two home runs and drove in four runs, while Jordan Deep had one homer and four RBIs as the Wolves cruised past Oconee County for a 14-2 run-rule victory late Friday night at the South Commons Softball Complex.
The win puts the Wolves (36-1) into Saturday's 1 p.m. championship round, where they will await either Oconee, Ringgold or Central-Carrollton for a chance at their seventh straight state title.
"We're excited about the chance and excited for our kids and our school and our community," Buford coach Tony Wolfe said. "Hopefully, we can find a way to bring a state championship home."
The Wolves flexed their muscles early Friday night, with Deep hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, followed by Walters' solo shot to take an early 4-0 lead.
"We're swinging the bats very well from the first inning on," Wolfe said. "I think we're playing well overall. Our speed was a big part of the game. … We got the three home runs, and … Bria (Bush) was good in the circle. That's a good combination for us."
In all, Buford pounded out 13 hits, with Walters, Deep, Niki Cook, Remington Hasty, Sydney Stavro and Baylee Sexton each finishing with two hits.
That was plenty for Bush (17-1), who gave up just two hits and two earned run and struck out five in four innings of work.