SUWANEE - After last weekend's wintry mess, this weekend got off to a very springlike start with both warm temperatures and a little baseball.
Playing in just its second game of the season, Collins Hill benefited from both solid pitching and timely hitting as the Eagles improved to 2-0 with a 4-2 win over defending state champion Brookwood on Friday night.
Starting pitcher Alex Sokolowski picked up his first win of the young season, pitching six strong innings and allowing just two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
That pitching performance by Sokolowski was able to stand up, getting offensive support from the bat of senior designated hitter Trevor Cortesi with a 3-for-3 day, driving in two runs and scoring two.
"He's blue collar," Collins Hill head coach Paul Pierce said of Cortesi. "He's going to come and work hard every day. He's done a lot of good things in the club house and on the field and it's good to be around guys like that."
Collins Hill scratched out a 2-1 lead over the first four innings, getting RBI hits from Spencer Horridge in the second inning and Garrit Church in the fourth.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles had runners at first and second with two out when Cortesi delivered the game's big blow with a double to right center, scoring Grant Earls and Chris McGowan.
"We played harder than we did on Tuesday," Brookwood head coach Rick Howard said as his team lost 11-0 to Loganville in its season opener. "Collins Hill played an outstanding game and got the most out of some opportunities."
Cortesi's two-run double put the Eagles up 4-1 but the Broncos (0-2) put themselves back in the game in the top of the sixth when Chris Paul lined a solo home run over the right field fence to cut the Eagle lead to 4-2. Paul finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run.
The Broncos also mounted a threat in the top of the seventh when Trey Martin led off the inning and reached on an error but would get no farther than third as lefty reliever Cameron Starling retired the next three Bronco batters for the save.
"I thought we put some things together," Pierce said. "It was just a matter of getting some timely hits. The guys worked hard and came to play tonight."
Brookwood also received a good outing from starter Cameron Hall, who went five innings with four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
"I was very happy with him," Howard said of Hall. "He got out of some tough situations before they got a couple of runs late."
Michael Adams added a single and a double for the Eagles, while Martin, Nicky Moore and Tremayne Torrie each had one hit for Brookwood.