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April 11, 2014

Brookwood leaves 13 stranded in Friday loss

THOMASVILLE —

Brookwood blew a 4-1 lead, left 13 total runners stranded and accounted for five errors in its 8-5 road loss to Tuscaloosa County (Ala.).

The Warriors took their three-run advantage into the bottom of the fifth then unwinded, coach Ken Johnson said.

Tuscaloosa drew a hit by pitch, a walk, three straight singles and another walk to account four runs that inning.

“You’re going to have a lot of problems if you allow that to happen,” Johnson said.

Andrew Saunders, coming off an early season injury, earned his first start and allowed just unearned run on an error in the third. Peyton Latmore relieved Saunders in the fourth, got three up and three down, then struggled in the fifth, Johnson said.

“Peyton has been very reliable this season. I think it was just a matter of losing his way,” the coach said.

Cale Deese allowed three runs in the final innings, but Johnson said three Warriors errors were the primary causes for the scores.

Jordan Bradshaw (two singles) and Scott Saunders (three) were the only Warriors to post multiple hits on Friday.

“We get the bases loaded or guys in scoring position, then we can’t seem to bring them around,” Johnson said. “Then you have the other team getting in those situations, but they find ways to capitalize.

“It’s something we need to correct, and the kids are the ones who need to do it.”

Brookwood (8-6, 0-2) continues its Alabama road trip with a doubleheader on Saturday against Tuscaloosa-Christian – the No. 1 Christian league team in the state.

“We seem to be a contagious team,” Johnson said. “If somebody is playing well, they all seem to be. If we get an error, it seems like three or four more follow.

“We’ve got to get back to playing focused.”

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