Staff Photo: John Bohn Brookwood's Zach Moon (14) celebrates hitting a three-run home run during the third inning against Harrison in a Class AAAAA semifinal baseball game played Tuesday. Moon's teammates are Garrett Reynolds (10) and Ryan Woodard (19), at right. Moon's home run gave Brookwood a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.
SNELLVILLE -- Game 2 beat midnight. Barely.
After Brookwood rolled to a victory in Tuesday's Class AAAAA quarterfinal opener, Harrison shook off a long delay and split with the host Broncos with a 9-4 victory in a nightcap that finished officially at 11:52 p.m. The teams will meet in the deciding game Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Brookwood.
Harrison had a 7-3 lead on Brookwood heading into the fourth inning of Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader when one bank of lights went out. It was delayed for almost two hours, due to a fuse being blown out in one of the stadium lights, before resuming at around 11 p.m.
The first game, won 11-2 by the Broncos, was highlighted by a two-home run, five-RBI effort by Zach Moon, and a complete-game, eight-strikeout performance by ace Lucas Sims.
The Broncos got things off to a smashing start in the first game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first.
Ryan Woodard lined a two-run double to score Jordan Dykes and Michael Gouge. A single moved Woodard to third, with Clint Carr's RBI sacrifice fly bringing home Brookwood's third run of the inning.
In the third inning, Brookwood pushed three more runs across the board when Moon blasted a three-run shot to score Garrett Reynolds and Carr, putting the Broncos up 6-0 and knocking Harrison starter Luke Maxwell out of the game with a final line of 2 innings pitched with seven hits, six earned runs and two walks.
Harrison answered with two runs of its own in the top of the fourth when Bowers hit a shot that landed in the upper limbs of the trees beyond the scoreboard in left-center field, bringing Harrison to within 6-2.
But, that would be as close as the Hoyas would get as Brookwood put four runs on the board in the fifth inning to open up the lead further.
A one-out infield bloop single by Reynolds got things started, with Moon blasting his second home run in the game, making the score 8-2.
Blake Schuck reached on a bunt single and stole second with Dykes walking next. Gouge knocked in Schuck with an RBI single and Sims drew a bases-loaded walk to make the score 10-2.
The Broncos added one more run in the sixth inning when Schuck hit an RBI double down the left-field line to score Reynolds.
Sims picked up the win, allowing four hits and two runs, to go along with his eight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the seventh to end the game.
Prior to the light outage, Harrison was in firm control of the game, leading 7-3.
Brookwood got things going in the top of the first when Gouge hit an RBI double to score Dykes. Gouge later came around on an RBI single by Sims to make the score 2-0.
However, Harrison answered with five runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Nick Sexton doubled and eventually scored on a Zack Bowers RBI single. A Tony Flores single scored Matt Gonzalez, while a Jacob Stallings single scored Bowers.
Then, Cole Ragsdale gave the Hoyas a little bit of a cushion with a two-run double, giving Harrison a 5-2 lead.
The Hoyas then added two runs in the second on a two-run double by Flores.
Brookwood responded in the top of the third with an RBI double by Woodard, to pull the Broncos to within 7-3.
That's when the lighting issue came up, creating the long delay.
Harrison stretched the lead to 9-4 and finished off the Broncos in the seventh despite a leadoff single by Gouge.