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 Buford off to a good start as region play begins to heat up

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – For the first time in three years the Buford Lady Yellow Jackets did not play for the AA state softball championship that does not mean they didn’t have a successful season. Their season ended in the upper state championship bracket one game from playing in their third consecutive state championship series.

They have started this season with an eye at another run to a championship. The third ranked Lady Yellow Jackets currently sit at 9-2 overall and 5-1 in region IV play. Their only losses coming to AAAAA Clover and the states top ranked AA team Central.

“Our expectations are no different this year than they were last year. Our goal every year is to win our region, district, upper state and state championship. The girls work very hard and are trying to get back to that championship series every year,” said head coach Lael Allen.

Buford plays in arguably the toughest region in the state regardless of classification so sometimes getting out of the region unscathed is tougher than the play-offs. The past two upper state final fours have seen half of the field coming from region IV.

When asked if her team can win the region coach Allen said, “Yes, I do feel like they are capable of winning our region. If we continue to get better and make the necessary adjustments, then they will have a good chance of winning the region this year.”

Shortstop Hunter Allen is in of the top senior in the state. She has been three-times all-state by the HSSR as well as three-times all region.

Three other all-region performers are also back in seniors Emily Taylor (2nd base) and Hannah Boone (catcher) and sophomore pitcher Yancey Dingler. Taylor and Boone have been all region twice.

Dingler is the number one starter with Olivia Vincent coming in relief and part time starter.

The rest of the infield sees Lexie Sullivan at first and Kyndall Thomas at third.

In the outfield Summer Morgan is in center, Aspen King is in left and McKenzie West is in right.

Kayley Stroud is the team’s designated player.

“We are looking forward to another great season and we are hoping to make a long run in the playoffs again this season,” said coach Allen.





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