Buford High School seniors Madison and Mackenzie Pickens each hit a home run in Buford’s 9-0 win over Cambridge on Monday, August 21 at Cambridge High School.

The Wolves scored five runs in the second inning, all coming after there were already two outs. Kadyn Gabrels got on base first for Buford (7-0) with a single and then stole a base to make it to second. She makes it to third on an error by Cambridge. Tavye Borders hit a double allowing Gabrels to score. Izzy Rettiger gets a single moving Borders to third. Borders steals home scoring another run meanwhile Rettiger steals second base. Madison Pickens then hits her fifth home run of the season driving in Rettiger and herself. Her twin sister Mackenzie Pickens also hits a home run, her seventh of the season making it 5-0 after the top of the second inning.

Buford would add two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth inning to end the game with a 9-0 victory over the Bears.

Sophomore Caroline Stanton (3-0) earned the win for Buford pitching three innings and not giving up any hits, runs or walks while striking out six batters. Senior Emma Grace Williams (2-0) records the save after pitching for three innings and only giving up one hit, no runs, no walks and striking out two.

Offensive standouts for the Wolves were Mackenzie Pickens (3-for-4, solo home run, two doubles, three RBIs, one run scored and one stolen base), Madison Pickens (3-for-4, two-run home run, a double, four RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base), Rettiger (3-for-3, double, three runs scored and two stolen bases) and Addie Rackley (2-for-3, double).

Buford begins Region 8-AAAAAAA play on Thursday, August 24 at the Buford Softball Complex as they host Mountain View. The game starts at 6 p.m.

Featured photo: Madison and Mackenzie Pickens each hit a home run in Buford’s 9-0 victory over Cambridge on Monday, August 21, 2023. Photos by David McGregor.

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