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Lady Bucs win first-ever state title

DUBLIN, Ga. -- After several unsuccessful attempts through the years to win a state softball championship, the long wait is now over for the Briarwood Academy Lady Buccaneers.

"Wow, this is a great feeling," said a jubilant Briarwood Academy head coach Hannah DeMore after her team captured the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class A Girls' Softball State Championship last Saturday. "I can't believe it. It hasn't really sunk in just yet."

Just a year ago, the Lady Buccaneers were close to winning the school's first-ever softball championship, but as fate would have it, the team ended as runners-up. At that moment, those returning to this year's team set a goal to win the title this season.

And that's just what they did, and in convincing style to boot.

The Lady Buccaneers swept Oak Mountain in the best two-of-three game series, 12-4 and 10-1 to win the state championship at Southern Pines Regional Park in Dublin.

Briarwood Academy pitcher Meagan Bentley and second baseman Kris Dawson were selected co-Most Valuable Players of the championship series by The McDuffie Mirror .

Bentley pitched both games, a total of 13 innings, while Dawson collected six hits and drove in five runs in two games.

"This is our first softball state championship; it's such a nice accomplishment," said coach DeMore. "Hopefully, this is the first of many."

This year's team was anchored by three seniors -- each of whom contributed in everyway possible to the celebration now being enjoyed by the players, coaches and their fans. The trio include: third baseman Maria Celeste Johnson, first baseman/right fielder Savannah Carani and centerfielder Emily Henderson.

"I can't say enough about their leadership to this team," said coach DeMore. "I will always remember them in a special way."

Coach DeMore added that the feat is special not only to the players, coaches and fans, but will bring about special recognition for Briarwood Academy.

"This is something all of us will remember for a lifetime," she said.

Web posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010

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