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Screven, Southeast fall to consolation bracket at Elite 8
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    Whether a single player in the Buford lineup ever heard of baseball Hall of Famer Wee Willie Keeler is irrelevant.  The important fact is that the Lady Wolves practiced the philosophy of Keeler to a tee.
    “Hit’em where they ain’t” is what Keeler spent a career doing and it’s what the 6-AA runners-up spent seven innings doing in a 7-0 victory over the Screven County Lady Gamecocks Thursday afternoon in Columbus.
    Playing in their first Columbus state finals tournament, and in the Olympic Stadium to top off the event, the Lady Gamecocks of Billy Pollock never got started. The veteran Lady Wolves, third place finishers in the 2005 state tournament scored twice in the second and took off from there.  
    “They just hit it,” said Pollock. “They blooped in some early and hit a couple of hard ones late, but so many seemed just out of our reach.  We just couldn’t quite get there in the infield and outfield.”
    By the time the contest was over, the other AA winners from Saturday’s South Georgia Sectional in Savannah had suffered losses, SEB to Greater Atlanta Christian 5-0, Jeff Davis to Union County 12-4, and Savannah Christian to North Oconee 4-0.  The Lady Gamecocks are scheduled to meet Savannah Christian at 9 a.m. this morning in an elimination contest while SEB will face Jeff Davis.
    The Lady Gamecocks managed six hits including two by sophomore Laci Almand and had a runner on second with less than two outs in four different innings.  They were never quite able to break though.  
    “We finally found a pitcher who shut down our running game,” said Pollock.  “She was not overpowering, but she moved the ball up and down and in and out.  I don’t think that we ever got comfortable. When we did hit it, it seemed like we hit it right to them.”
    While SCHS was stranding six runners over the final three frames, Buford was taking advantage of ten hits, many of the Keeler variety, and four Lady Gamecock errors to plate seven runs, four of the runs earned.  
    Elizabeth Poythress dropped to 21-5 on the season with her 23rd complete game.  The hits allowed were a season high for the senior.  The win improved Buford to 27-9 and dropped SCHS to 24-6.

Errors hurt SEB
    The Southeast Bulloch softball team committed three errors, falling to No. 1 Greater Atlanta Chrsitian 5-0 in the first round of the Elite Eight Thursday in Columbus.
    Megan Barwell allowed just two earned runs and six hits on her way to striking out eight in the loss. DeAnn Lewis got the lone hit for SEB, which returns to action today at 9 a.m. against Jeff Davis. The loser will be eliminated.