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Brookwood blasts past rival Parkview 8-0

SNELLVILLE - Brookwood honored Lisa Norris, the greatest player in its 15-year fastpitch softball history, before Monday's game.

Then the Broncos did something that would have made the former standout pitcher proud.

Brandi Jones had a two-run homer and Rachel Hill threw a shutout in Brookwood's 8-0 win over rival Parkview in a non-region game.

Brookwood retired Norris' No. 26 in a pregame ceremony and had a her name and number permanently placed on the outfield wall.

"We really wanted to win this game, especially since her sister Susan is on the team," Jones said.

In her first game batting in the No. 4 spot, Jones hit a two-run homer over the left field wall. It was her first career home run.

"She's been red-hot," Brookwood coach Bill Bachelor said. "She makes her coach look good batting her in the No. 4 spot."

Jones was the Broncos' leading hitter, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Brookwood (15-10) had 10 hits in the game.

Parkview (16-7) threatened to score in the second inning when Sarah McFall doubled and Sara Coker walked. Hill settled down to retire the side and finished the game, allowing five hits and striking out two.

"She started the season on the JV and has been light's out," Bachelor said.

Brookwood added two more runs in the third when Julia Westbook led off with a walk, Jones singled and Mandy Blackwell doubled to drive in two runs. Parkview pulled starter Kailey Browning after two innings of work with five hits and three walks.

The Panthers' Summer Rose pitched in relief and it wasn't until the sixth when miscues in the outfield led to some runs. Mandy Blackwell (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) and Rachel Rhodes reached on errors and Jenny Blackwell and Susan Norris drove in runs to make it 6-0.

Brookwood put the game away in the sixth with two more runs. Westbrook doubled and Jones singled to bring in a run.

Mandy Blackwell and Rhodes reached on fielder's choice and Jenny Blackwell singled to drive in a run and end the game on the mercy rule.

"Give Brookwood all the credit, the did what they had to," Parkview coach Joey Farah said. "We came out today flat and had a little hiccup along the road. It's time to refocus and move on."