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Ethridge blast leads the way for Grayson victory

LOGANVILLE— Grayson used tremendous defense and clutch hitting to defeat rival Brookwood 4-2 Tuesday night. Starting pitcher Amanda Kemp pitched a complete game and allowed just five hits on the night to earn the victory.

“I am definitely very proud of her,” Grayson head coach Jennifer Edwards said. “This was the first time she had ever pitched against a region team and for her to hang in there the way she did gave us a chance to win the game.”

Breanna Ethridge start the scoring off in the bottom of the first with a two-run blast to deep left center. Kamyrn Tillman brought the Broncos back, however, when she doubled in the top of the second and later scored. Tillman also brought in pinch runner Taylor Hart with an RBI single in the third to tie the game.

Grayson (14-12) answered immediately when Stephanie Snyder hit an RBI single that brought home Sierra Smith to give the Rams a 3-2 lead. Snyder again brought Smith home in the fifth with an RBI triple for the final run of the game.

“It was nice to see our big hitters swing the bat well tonight,” Edwards said.

“For Bree to get the big hit with runners on was really big and set the tone for us. Stephanie has been great for us all year in the three spot and she continues to step up as a leader on this team.”

Brookwood (15-10) got a tremendous effort from starting pitcher Amanda Ablan who struck out eight Rams hitters on the night. Ablan made the one mistake to Ethridge which ended up being the difference in an otherwise impressive performance. The fourth Grayson run was unearned after Smith reached on an error. Snyder finished the night 2-for-2 with two RBIs for Grayson.

Tillman finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Kayla Louie was the only other Bronco to reach base multiple times as she walked twice and had a single. Brookwood tried to rally in the top of the seventh with a two-out walk followed by a single by Ablan. Kemp recorded the final out on the next batter with a nice stop on a come back grounder.