BUFORD — Buford softball reached a milestone Tuesday night as the Wolves recorded their 500th win in program history, which started in 2002.
The historic win was a 3-1 triumph over Brookwood, which was spearheaded by a complete-game effort from pitcher Ansleigh Hollifield. Hollifield finished the night with one earned runs on three hits and set a new career high in strikeouts with 12.
Abbi Perkins, who finished 2-for-2, tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run. Kara Taylor would also drive in a run on a sacrifice fly and finished 1-for-2, while Emi Hall (hit, RBI) and Taylor Malvin (hit, run) each contributed.
The win was not only the 500th for the program as a whole, but also the 380th for current head coach Tony Wolfe, who led the Wolves to a GHSA state-record 10 consecutive state championships over four different classifications after taking over in 2007, as well as a state runner-up finish and another Final Four appearance over the past two seasons. The first of those state championships also represented the first state title for any girls program at the school.
In all, the Buford softball program’s 500 wins includes the 10 state titles, 10 region titles and five other Final Four finishes at the state tournament under Wolfe (380-61-2) and former head coaches Brandon Manders (91-48) and Jacob Travis (29-11).