Brookwood rallies to beat rival Parkview

SNELLVILLE - For five innings, it looked like Wednesday night's Region 8-AAAAA showdown between Brookwood and Parkview was going to be a nail biter.

With Brookwood carrying a slim 3-2 lead into the sixth inning, the Panthers had a golden opportunity slip away in the top half and Brookwood responded in the bottom half by plating five runs to pull away an 8-2 win over the Panthers, snapping the Panther's four-game winning streak.

"It was a typical Brookwood-Parkview game," Brookwood head coach Rick Howard said. "Both teams were playing for more than just a region win."

Two key hits sparked the five-run outburst with one being a two-run double to right center by Tremayne Torrie and the other a long two-run homer by Michael Brown to left.

Those hits helped solidify the win for left-handed starter Matt Adams (2-2), who went 62/3 innings with two runs (one earned), five hits, five strikeouts and three walks.

"Michael (Brown) had a great day at the plate and Matt (Adams) had an outstanding game on the mound," Howard said. "We made some plays behind him when we needed to and had some big hits and that was the difference."

Brookwood (8-6, 3-1) took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first despite not getting a hit while Parkview rebounded in the second with two runs, getting one off an RBI double by Matt Foster.

The Broncos plated two more in the fourth, getting help with an RBI single from Wade Brogdon while the other run came off a balk for a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Parkview (7-7, 3-1) found itself with runners at second and third with just one out. Adams bared down and struck out Matt Frazier for the second out, bringing Foster to the plate.

Foster, who was already 2-for-2, worked a 3-1 count and was then intentionally walked, sending Buck McClure to bat.

McClure worked the count in his favor at 3-1 before Adams battled back and struck out McClure to end the Parkview threat.

"Give Brookwood credit tonight," Parkview head coach Chan Brown said. "They took advantage of some of our mistakes and we couldn't get the big hit when we needed it."

Jordan McCoy (2-3) started for Parkview and gave a solid effort, going 51/3 innings with four runs (three earned) on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Brown finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run for Brookwood while Brogdon (2-for-4, two runs, RBI), Torrie (2-for-3, two RBIs, run), Chris Paul (two hits, run, RBI) and Trey Martin (2-for-3) each had solid games.