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Tokarz tosses shutout to key Brookwood sweep of Colquitt

MOULTRIE -- Behind a second straight dominating pitching effort, this time from Allen Tokarz, Brookwood defeated Colquitt County 3-0 on Thursday at Ike Aultman Field and will advance to next week's Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

After Lucas Sims defeated the Packers 9-1 late Wednesday night, the senior right-hander followed suit on Thursday, tossing a six-hit shutout to complete the two-game sweep.

Tokarz used his familiar script in shutting down Colquitt (19-10) -- hitting the strike zone, pitching to contact and allowing his defense to do its work behind him.

While he struck out just three batters, he induced several groundballs, and the Broncos turned three double plays behind him, while catcher Clint Carr picked a runner off first base.

"He did what he does well," Brookwood coach Rick Howard said of Tokarz. "He threw three pitches very well and let his defense make plays. And he did it with a heavy heart because he found out his grandfather had passed away yesterday. So, I'm very proud of him."

The victory raises Tokarz's record to 4-3 and lowers his ERA to 1.96.

And after inducing an inning-ending double play to get out of trouble in the top of the first, the Broncos then got the only run he would need in the bottom of the inning.

Cedric Mullins led off with a double and moved to third on Ryan Woodard's single to left. Sims followed with a base hit to right to score Mullins.

The Broncos made it 2-0 when Michael Gouge led off the bottom of third with a solo home run to left.

After getting the double play to end the first, Tokarz retired the Packers in order in the second and third, but Aubrey McCarty and Austin Dykes led off the fourth inning with back-to-back hits.

But once again Tokarz escaped.

With Tony Simpson, who was the courtesty runner for Dykes, running, Blake Bennett popped up a bunt attempt and Gouge grabbed it in foul ground.

His throw to Woodard at first completed the double play.

Tokarz then struck out Colin Kirkland to get out of the inning, and got yet another double play -- this time, starting it himself -- in the fifth.

The Broncos, now 21-8, will return to Snellville to play host to Harrison in the third round beginning Tuesday at the Dave Hunter Complex after a long trip spread over two days.

"Our kids are really excited about that," Howard said. "That's really a treat in itself. I'm really proud of the way they handled (the long delay on Wednesday). It was an intense game, and our kids fought and fought and really came together."

In addition to his homer, Gouge added another hit to finish the day 2-for-3, while Sims added a sacrifice fly later in the game to finish with a pair of RBIs.

Woodard was 1-for-1 with a sacrifice bunt, and Clint Carr and Garrett Reynolds each went 1-for-3.