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PREP ROUNDUP: Deep homers twice as Buford sweeps Sonoraville

BUFORD — Buford second baseman Jordan Deep lived up to her name as the junior homered in each game to propel the Wolves to the second round of the Class AAA playoffs with 11-0 and 7-1 victories over Sonoraville on Wednesday.

In Game 1, Bria Bush picked up the win in a game shortened to five innings. Deep homered, one of her two hits, and drove in three runs. Niki Cook, Drew Puckett and Baylee Sexton each had two hits for Buford.

In the second game, Emily Crocker picked up the win for the Wolves. Tessa Daniels opened the game with a two-run home run in the top of the first to give Buford all the runs it would need. Deep connected on another home run, one of her three hits in the second game, and again drove in three runs. Remington Hasty and Sydney Stavro each had two hits for Buford, who will host Morgan County in the second round of the playoffs next week.

SOFTBALL

Defending state champion Archer pushed to Game 3

LAWRENCEVILLE — Defending Class AAAAAA state champion Archer split its opening round doubleheader and will face a decisive Game 3 Thursday, weather permitting. The Tigers fell 8-7 in Game One to West Forsyth but rallied for a 8-0 win in Game 2.

In the opener, Jacqui Switzer and Alesha Mann each hit two run home runs for Archer, but it wasn’t enough against the Wolverines.

Archer righted the ship in Game 2 with Lauren Tatum picking up the win in the circle. Kristin Hawkins hit a three-run home run, Brittany Maresette had three hits and Mann and Katie Etheridge had two hits apiece for the Tigers (22-10). The winner of this series will face Lassiter in round two.

Grayson pounds out sweep over South Forsyth

CUMMING — Grayson hit four home runs in its opening round doubleheader of the Class AAAAAA playoffs and swept South Forsyth, winning 8-0 and 9-1 to advance to the second round of state next week.

In Game 1, Breanna Ethridge picked up the win in the circle going five inning and giving up no runs. Sierra Smith had three hits and Amanda Kemp and Stephanie Snyder each had two hits, with one of them being a home run for Snyder.

In the clincher, Snyder, Ethridge and Peyton Glover hit home runs and Glover was the winning pitcher for the Rams (20-13). Grayson will face North Gwinnett in the second round next week.

Wesleyan splits with Oglethorpe County

NORCROSS — Region 6-AA champion Wesleyan split its opening round doubleheader with visiting Oglethorpe County on Wednesday. The Wolves dropped the opener 8-5, but rebounded to win the nightcap 6-5.

In Game 1, Wesleyan fell behind due to numerous errors. Dacia Jones took the loss despite giving up only two earned runs in five innings. The Wolves (20-8) pounded out 10 hits but it wasn’t enough to overcome the defecit. Riley Henning, Lillie Baker, Sydney Stone and Gabby Hernandez each had two hits for Wesleyan.

Facing elimination, the Wolves broke out with a five run inning in the fourth. Jones took matters into her own hands as she opened the inning with a solo home run. Also key to the Wolves outburst was a two run single by Meredith DiStasi. Jones took the win and Emily Farrow aslo contributed two hits to the Wesleyan attack. The deciding Game 3 will be Thursday.

Mill Creek sweeps Cherokee

CANTON — Mill Creek earned a second round matchup in the state softball playoffs by defeating Cherokee 6-0 and 13-5 Wednesday in the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

Skylar Hayward picked up the win in Game 1 for the Hawks as she struck out six Warriors. Morgan Bell and Heather Felt each drove in two runs for Mill Creek.

Felt was the winning pitcher in the clincher. Bell had a two-run homer and Hannah Adams, Emily Lawrence and Christina Evans each had three hits for the Hawks (26-6).

VOLLEYBALL

GACS sweeps Dublin

NORCROSS — Greater Atlanta Christian swept away Dublin in the opening round of the Class AAA volleyball playoffs Wednesday night. The Spartans advanced to the second round with a 25-2, 25-6, 25-7 victory.

Taylor McPherson and Lauren Brown led GAC (24-18) with 10 kills apiece. Maddie Ward had eight aces and seven digs while Madison Kerr had 23 assists.

Wesleyan sweeps

Putnam County

NORCROSS — Wesleyan, the Region 6-AA champion, opened the state volleyball tournament with a 25-4, 25-2, 25-7 victory over Putnam County on Wednesday.

Lauren Alexander led the Wolves (34-10) with eight aces. Paige Prettyman had four assists, Natalie Armstrong had three kills and Maddie Jones had five kills for Wesleyan.The Wolves will host Laney in the second round next week.

Lanier drops a five-set

heartbreaker

STOCKBRIDGE — Lanier dropped a five-set match to Woodland in the AAA state Volleyball playoffs Wednesday. The Longhorns (25-15) fell 25-23, 13-25, 26-24, 21-15 and 13-15.

Tori Wyant led Lanier with 42 assists while Victoria Inman had 13 kills.

Buford sweeps into

second round

CARTERSVILLE — Buford defeated Cartersville 25-12, 25-15, 25-9 in the opening round of the AAA state Volleyball playoffs Wednesday night.

The Wolves, the No. 3 seed from Region 6, were led by Morgan Mitchell who had 15 assists. Maggie Roper and Gabby Curry each had six kills for the Wolves (33-10). Buford will host Southeast Bulloch in the second round next week.