Big bats key Bronco sweep

SUWANEE - Earlier in the regular season, Collins Hill defeated Brookwood in a low-scoring affair.

Brookwood made sure to bring its bats this time in Friday's opening round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

And the Broncos also got strong performances from starting pitchers Cameron Hall and Matt Adams en route to a 15-2 win in Game 1 and an 11-2 win in the second game to sweep the series.

"Outstanding. That is what we have been looking for as coaches all year long," Brookwood coach Rick Howard said. "To their (Brookwood players) credit, we grind them hard all year and it paid off (Friday) night."

Brookwood catcher Ronnie Freeman got the scoring going early as he belted a two-run home run in the top of the first to give his team a lead it would never relinquish.

Hall got into trouble in the top of the first after walking the bases loaded in the top of the first, but he got Garrit Church to ground out to get out of the inning.

Collins Hill then scored its first run of the game on a RBI single by Morgan Ownbey in the bottom of the second, but Hall (4-4) would control the rest of the game, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings.

"Cam was fighting a sinus infection ... but he threw some great pitches, we played some great defense behind him." Howard said.

The Broncos would break the game open with a seven-run seventh inning, with the big blow being a three-run homer by Chris Paul.

In Game 2, Brookwood picked up right where it left off, scoring three runs in the first and getting a clutch performance from Adams (4-3).

Paul would strike again with a two-run single in the first, helping his team to a 6-2 lead that it would take into the fifth inning.

Collins Hill loaded the bases with no outs in that inning on two singles and an error, but Adams struck out Chris McGowan, Grant Earls and Conner Shovelski in succession to get out of the jam.

"I was just trying to get a double play so we could get out the inning," Adams said.

After surviving the near disastrous inning, Brookwood put the game away with a five-run sixth inning, thanks in part to a three-run double by left fielder Tremayne Torrie.

Brookwood now moves on to face the winner of the Etowah and Lassiter series, which is currently, tied 1-1 after the two teams split Friday.