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Brookwood advances to Final Four with dominating win

SNELLVILLE -- Brookwood advanced to the Final Four, beating Harrison 12-4 in Game 3 of the quarterfinal series.

The win came one day after Game 2 of the series was delayed for almost two hours due to a fuse shorting out in one of the stadium's lights.

"You hate when something like that happens," Brookwood head coach Rick Howard said. "But it happened to us last week (at Colquitt County) with the lightning delay, so it's something we're used to. I'm proud of the way our guys responded to finish the game last night and came back today focused on getting the win."

The Broncos (23-9) dominated at the plate and on the mound, scoring all 12 of their runs between the second and fourth innings to advance to play Grayson in the semifinals next week.

Harrison (20-13) scored a run to open the game when Matt Gonzalez hit an RBI double to score Morgan Miller.

But that was about as much success the Hoyas would see once Brookwood got things going in the bottom of the second.

Ryan Woodard singled with Brock Baughcum coming on as a pinch runner. Baughcum was aware on the basepaths on Lucas Sims' bunt down the third-base line, as he took third with nobody covering. Zach Moon's RBI fielder's choice scored Baughcum to tie the game with Tre Lawrence beating out an infield single to load the bases for Cedric Mullins.

Mullins took a fastball by Harrison's Avery Greer and drove it into the gap in right-center field, going to third base for a three-run triple to put Brookwood up 4-1.

"I just took a deep breath and had to trust myself," Mullins said. "It was a hit that was a huge spark for the team."

Howard said he didn't see the ball off the bat, thinking it was just a pop up, instead of a shot in the gap.

"I missed it coming off the bat, but it was a nice hit," he said. "It was huge for us. It broke the ice and allowed our guys to relax."

The Broncos added another run in the third inning when Baughcum again came on to run for Woodard, taking third on a Carr single, but scored after being aware again when Harrison's right fielder dropped the ball, coming in to score Brookwood's fifth run.

The top of the fourth seemed like Harrison was going to get back into the game when they loaded the bases with one out. However, two strikeouts by Woodard left the bases full for the Hoyas with nothing to show for it.

"Woody striking out those two batters with the bases loaded was huge for us," Howard said. "He's the guy you want to pitch in Game 3."

Brookwood took advantage of that momentum and pushed across six runs in the bottom half of the inning, scoring all of the runs with two outs.

Mullins walked and took second on a Jordan Dykes single. Back-to-back RBI singles by Michael Gouge and Woodard scored Mullins and Dykes. After Sims reached on an error, Carr knocked a two-run double and Garrett Reynolds hit an RBI single to make the score 11-1 in favor of the Broncos.

However, Harrison wasn't going away quietly as Zack Bowers knocked a three-run double to keep the Hoyas' hopes alive, for the time being, 11-4.

The Broncos added their final run of the game in the fifth inning when Gouge hit another RBI single to score Dykes, making the score 12-4.

From there, it became a mere formality as the Broncos got the final six outs needed, including Dykes striking out Tony Flores to end the game.

Woodard picked up the win for the Broncos as he went five innings, giving up five hits and four runs, with four strikeouts.

The Broncos were 1-1 during the season against Grayson, winning 5-0 (April 23) after a 3-2 eight-inning loss on April 4.

"This will be a different kind of series for us," Howard said. "It's one where everyone knows everyone. There won't be many surprises."

When asked about another music video battle between the schools like there was during football season, Howard said he hoped there wouldn't be.

"My hope there isn't enough time for another (music) video," he said.

Comments

broncofan 2 years, 2 months ago

Broncofan

Great game boys!! Glad you took the series. Now beat Grayson!!!!

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