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Cotter's single lifts Brookwood in ninth inning

SNELLVILLE -- Collin Cotter was having a rough go of it on Tuesday night as his Brookwood team hosted rival Parkview.

However, the night ended good for him as he had two key hits in Brookwood's 6-5 comeback victory in nine innings.

Cotter's big hit came in the bottom of the ninth with two outs as he hit a high chopper to short with a runner on third base. The throw to first was late as Cotter slid into the bag and Garrett Reynolds scored the winning run.

"I saw that I hit a high chopper and I knew I could get to first base," Cotter said. "It's just one of those things where you go in there confident and believing in yourself."

Both teams had their struggles offensively and defensively.

On defense, both committed three errors and allowed a combined 10 infield singles.

On offense, Parkview went 4-for-22 with the first six players in the order, while Brookwood couldn't get the bottom of the order going as it went 4-for-16 with hitters 6 through 9.

Having started the game 0-for-3, Cotter had a key infield single to help the Broncos tie the score with two outs.

With Brock Baughman on first, Cotter hit the ball between short and third, reaching first safely. The Broncos then tied the score on an error by Parkview second baseman Daino Deas, tying the score at 5-5.

"These kids never give up," Brookwood head coach Rick Howard said. "They always believe they can win."

The comeback was needed due, in part, to a three-run sixth inning for the Panthers.

Josh Hart walked and stole second and Hunter Thornton was then hit by a pitch. After Michael Craig came on as a pinch runner, the Panthers invoked the double steal to put runners on second and third.

Jarrett Hood's RBI double plated both, tying the score at 4-4, with Mac Marshall coming on as a pinch runner.

Zach Langley hit a bloop single to put runners on first and third, with Micah Finley coming on as a pinch runner. After Langley stole second, Brookwood made a mistake to give Parkview the lead.

Before the first pitch to Jim Wagner, Brookwood pitcher Michael Renieri's failed pickoff throw went into center field, scoring Marshall.

The Broncos (8-5, 4-0 Region 8-AAAAAA) jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning on singles by Jordan Dykes and Jonathan White.

Parkview responded in the top of the second on an RBI single by Trevor Brown, who pushed an infield single between first and second.

The Panthers (7-3, 4-1) then tied the score on a bases-loaded walk to Thornton, tying the score at 2-2.

Brookwood added two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI sac fly by Reynolds and an RBI infield single by White.

Both starters picked up no-decisions. Parkview's Jordan Kelly went five innings, giving up eight hits, four runs and struck out two. Brookwood's Matt Aycock went 5 innings, giving up seven hits, three runs and striking out five.

Renieri picked up the win for the Broncos, going 3 innings, giving up three hits, no runs and striking out four. Sam McCoy got the loss, going 3 innings, giving up one run, five hits and striking out three.

"Hats off to both relievers in this game," Howard said. "Both came in and did an excellent job."