After a first-round bye in the Georgia Independent Schools Association state playoffs, the Briarwood Academy Lady Buccaneers defeated the Westwood School Lady Wildcats in the second round of playoffs Oct. 13.
The Bucs won both games of a doubleheader, 7-5, 12-2.
The wins gave the Lady Bucs a berth in the next round of state playoffs in Dublin, Ga., on Oct. 15. The team ended its playoff run after a 2-1 loss to Randolph Southern and a 6-3 loss to Crisp Academy.
As the higher-seeded team, the Lady Bucs hosted the Lady Cats, from Camilla, Ga. Playoff winners are decided by best two out of three.
The teams took the field for the first game at 11 a.m., the Lady Bucs decked out in pink socks, hats and hair bows for breast cancer awareness month.
Megan Smith took the mound for the Bucs. With two outs, the Lady Cats hit two singles and an RBI double, making the score 2-0 in the first ten minutes of the game.
In the bottom of the first, the Bucs responded with a double by Copeland Price and a single by freshman Kylie Guy. Price then took advantage of two overthrows to put the Bucs on the board, making the score 2-1.
After a scoreless second inning, Kris Dawson made it to first on an overthrow. Guy smashed a home run over the left field fence on the first pitch of her at-bat, giving the Bucs the lead, 3-2.
"It was amazing," Guy said. "At first, I just kept running really fast to get around the bases because I didn't know it went over."
In the bottom of the fourth, Guy got her third and fourth RBIs of the game on a double to left center field, increasing their lead to 5-2.
The Cats loaded the bases in the top of the fifth and scored one run, while another runner was thrown out at home.
The Bucs added two more runs in the fifth inning thanks to two walks, two stolen bases and a 2-RBI double by Dawson.
In a rally attempt, the Cats scored a run each in the sixth and seventh innings, but were thwarted by another double play by Dawson. The Bucs won the game 7-5.
The second game began at 1 p.m., with the Cats as the home team and the Bucs as visitors.
At the top of the first, the Bucs came out swinging. Dawson knocked a triple over the center fielder on the first pitch of the game, quickly followed by an RBI single by Guy and an RBI double by Cameron Stadler.
The Cats didn't respond until they scored one run in the bottom of the second.
The Lady Bucs exploded in the fourth inning. Pitcher Maegan Bentley, Shelby Patterson and Dawson all picked up RBIs, increasing the score to 8-1. The Cats answered with one more run in the bottom of the inning.
In the final inning, the Bucs batted through their order and scored another four runs, making the score 12-2. They finished the game strong, with a double play closing it out yet again.
"I think we did very good today," Guy said. "We hit the ball and stopped everything hit to us."
Head Coach Hannah DeMore was pleased with the girls' performance as well. She said she was nervous before the games because they had just finished a rough, busy Homecoming week.
"I was a little worried coming into today's games," she said. "But we looked good and got more runs than we have in a while."