LAWRENCEVILLE — Coming into Tuesday’s rivalry game with Archer, Brookwood head coach Bill Batchelor challenged his team in the batter’s box and on the field.
After starting the season 1-6, Batchelor knew his Broncos had to make a statement in Tuesday’s game. And a statement they made.
The Broncos scored three runs in the first and three runs in the fourth to upset last year’s state champions 6-1.
“It’s a big win for us,” Batchelor said. “We’ve struggled to score runs all year and it was nice to see the girls put things together.”
The Broncos (2-6, 1-1 Region 8-AAAAAA) got things going in the first inning before most people had taken their seats. Taiylor Rinehart doubled to center to begin the game and took third on a single by Kayla Louie. Two batters later, Ansley Jones singled home Rinehart to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
After Kamryn Tillman reached on an error, allowing Louie to score, Sam Leach doubled home Jones to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead.
The Broncos followed that up with three runs in the fourth. Baylei Banfield and Danna Downs each reached with Hannah Mason moving them over with a bunt. Rinehart then laced a double to the outfield to score Banfield, but Downs was thrown out at the plate with Rinehart taking third on the throw.
Still, the Broncos were undeterred as Louie laid down an RBI squeeze bunt and later scored on a bloop single by Amanda Ablan.
From there, they didn’t look back as Ablan controlled the game in the circle, giving up five hits and six strikeouts.
However, it wasn’t easy for Ablan as she had to battle in the fifth and seventh innings.
After Archer (7-3, 1-1) scored a run on an error, and with runners on second and third, Ablan struck out Kristin Hawkins and Jacqui Switzer to end the threat.
Then, in the seventh, Archer loaded the bases on singles by Holli Sturgill and Hawkins, and a walk to Katie Etheridge.
However, Ablan got Switzer to strike out and Brittany Maresette to pop out to end the game.
“Amanda bared down and did what we expected her to do,” Batchelor said. “She made some good pitches that helped us.”