There aren’t many schools more synonymous with “success” — across all sports — in the state of Georgia than Buford. Despised by rival schools, often ridiculed and even accused, from time to time, there’s no doubting that Buford has a track record for success across all sports. (Just look at their football program — they fired their coach because he failed to win the state title game — against these very same Rome Wolves — and he was subsequently picked up by Georgia State before going on to coach with the Falcons in a matter of mere months).
Buford’s baseball team isn’t on the same level as Buford Football. They’re not the best team in the state. They weren’t even the best team in their region this year — they were the second seed from Region 8 of Class AAAAA. However, they’re certainly showing what they’re made of early on in the state tournament, and they finally got their revenge on Rome (albeit, on the baseball diamond) shutting out the team by scores of 9-0 and 12-0 in games one and two, respectively, to take the best-of-three first round.
Buford was 10-2 in region play this year, finishing with a 21-11 overall record — ranked 37th in the state by MaxPreps. Rome, the three seed from region 7-AAAAA, was 10-6 in region play heading into this game. They had not faced Buford yet this year.
The Buford Wolves advances to take on Decatur, the region 6 champion in what’s sure to be an exciting best-of-three matchup in round two. The first two games will take place on Thursday, May 3rd while the third (if necessary) would take place on Friday, May 4th.
Other notable performances from first round of GHSA playoff action:
- Parkview shuts out Rockdale County, 15-0 and 12-0 in AAAAAAA
- Three big Gwinnett matchups in round two of AAAAAAA, including Parkview/Mountain View, North Gwinnett/Grayson, and South Gwinnett/Mill Creek
- Heritage Conyers outscored Drew 31-1 in two games
- 4-seed Lakeside Evans shocks 1-seed Tucker, 12-6 and 12-2 in two games
- Championship favorite Blessed Trinity beat up on Stephens County, 5-2 and 11-0
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