Photo: Karl L. Moore Brookwood first baseman Jordan Dykes (6) gets the out at first on Collins Hill's Mathew Vaca (5) during Saturday's High School Baseball Showcase at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Brookwood rode solid starting pitching and a lineup that got a wakeup call from its head coach to a 7-0 win over Collins Hill in the Gwinnett Braves High School Invitational at Coolray Field.
After a disappointing 8-0 loss at Cartersville on Friday night when the Broncos managed just two hits, Brookwood head coach Rick Howard shook up the lineup in a few places and the result was an offense that produced seven runs on nine hits with RBIs coming from four different players.
"We made some changes today after our game last night (at Cartersville)," Howard said. "We got blanked up there and got our tails kicked. So we made some adjustments and thought about some things. We made some changes and we'll see if that keeps up. But today at least, we reacted and battled and I was proud of that."
Brookwood scored in four of the six innings, including a three-run first inning and two more in the second to build a 5-0 lead.
That would be plenty of offensive support for junior right-hander Thomas Byelick, who picked up the victory with six innings of shutout pitching as Collins Hill managed just two hits in the game.
Byelick struck out three batters and let his defense do the rest, including a sensational diving catch in left field by Garrett Reynolds in the fourth inning.
"(Byelick) threw really well tonight and he's a kid who is working in our rotation," Howard said. "He's had two good outings and had three pitches working well tonight. He's getting there and we're excited about him."
Collins Hill's (2-4) best scoring chance came in the second inning as the Eagles loaded the bases with their only two hits of the night by designated hitter Mitch McCain and starting pitcher Cole Zabowski.
But Byelick worked out of the jam by producing a couple of groundball outs and a flyout.
Meanwhile, the Brookwood offense came out aggressive.
The three-run first inning was highlighted by Jonathan White's RBI single to score Alvaro Del Castillo and Reynolds' RBI single to plate Jordan Dykes and Connor Holman, who was pinch-running for Zach Moon.
Brookwood (3-4) added two more runs in the second inning, including Dykes' RBI double to score Del Castillo to make it 5-0 Broncos.
Dykes finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Reynolds was 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs.
Brookwood would add a run in the fourth inning on Del Castillo's sacrifice fly to chase home Nick Fonseca.
Del Castillo ended the game with two runs scored and an RBI.
The Broncos' final run came in the fifth inning on the third Collins Hill error of the night that allowed White to score.
Duluth 4, Providence 1
Duluth broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with three runs and went on to take a 4-1 win over Providence Christian Academy.
A pair of Providence errors triggered the three-run rally as Duluth improved to 5-2 on the season.
Jose Ponce got the win for Duluth and worked out of seventh-inning trouble when Providence put two runners on base and brought the tying run to the plate.
Darrian Graves, Austin Riedel and Junior Fernandez each had a hit for the Wildcats.
Max Broom and Campbell Baldwin had two hits apiece for Providence (0-6) while Eric Stahl took the tough-luck loss on the mound for the Storm despite allowing just three hits and striking out eight.
North Forsyth 9, Peachtree Ridge 5
Tony Papale's three-run double in the top of the seventh inning broke open a tight game and propelled North Forsyth to a 9-5 win over Peachtree Ridge.
North Forsyth (4-3) led 2-0 before Peachtree Ridge put a three spot on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead.
An RBI single by Tyler Haswell (3-for-4, run, RBI) and an RBI double by Tyler Chaney put the Lions up.
But North Forsyth went ahead 5-3 in the fourth with three runs on just one hit as Peachtree Ridge pitchers walked four, threw four wild pitches and hit a batter in the inning.
Peachtree Ridge (3-4) pulled closer at 5-4 in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring single by Cooper Burdick (2-for-3, run, RBI).
Steven Tomlinson added two hits for Peachtree Ridge.
Nick Aiken, Harris Roberts, Michael Henderson, Tyler Welch and Papale each had two hits for North Forsyth.