Saturday, October 10, 2009
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In a Region 8-AAAAA tournament filled with outstanding pitchers, Brookwood's Brandi Jones stood out as the best.
The sophomore fired her fourth shutout of the tournament and aided her own cause with a key hit to lift the Broncos to the region championship with a 4-0 victory over Dacula in Friday's title game at Parkview.
Jones went the distance, scattering six hits and striking out two in seven innings for the win.
"She made (Dacula) put the ball in play, and we played some defense behind her," Brookwood coach Bill Batchelor said after his team improved to 21-11 on the season. "We just put it in our kids' minds that they would have to face good pitching each game (in the tournament), but Jones was lights out."
She got some early help from her offense as Georgia-signee Julia Westbrook belted a two-run home run off Dacula's Allie Miles in the first inning to put the Broncos up 2-0.
Jones would make that lead stand up, and gave herself some important insurance runs by smacking a bases-loaded double that drove in a pair of runs in the sixth, stretching the Broncos' lead to 4-0.
Jessica Neidigh also had a big day at the plate for Brookwood - which plays host to the No. 4 seed from Region 5-AAAAA in next week's state playoffs - by going 2-for-3 and scoring two runs, while Jenny Blackwell and Emily Brantley each added a hit and Daniella Ulloa scored a run.
Amber Carr had two hits to lead Dacula. The Falcons will play host to the No. 3 seed from Region 5-AAAAA in the first round of the playoffs beginning Tuesday.