Chandler Stencel’s solo home run in the fourth inning propelled Brookwood to its first region win of the season – a 2-0 shutout of Deerfield-Windsor at home on Tuesday.
Stencel smashed the home run from the thick of the bat’s barrel and circled first base as it cleanly elevated well over the center field wall.
“I didn’t think it was going to go over; I wasn’t swinging for the fences,” Stencel, the senior, said. “I was just trying to make contact and I guess I got lucky.”
Stencel, who has only struck out five times this season, snapped what was a scoreless affair, and gave Brookwood the minimal cushion it needed to hold off Deerfield the rest of the way.
“It gave us the motivation to keep going, keep playing,” Stencel said. “We played today like we should’ve been the whole year.”
Stencel, however, didn’t provide the Warriors’ only fireworks.
Pitcher Jordan Bradshaw again threw a complete game, and allowed just four hits while throwing nine strikeouts – including the last batter, who was caught looking.
“He’s so consistent,” said Stencel, Bradshaw’s catcher. “He’s the easiest pitcher to catch. He was hitting my mit wherever I put it.”
Brookwood added another run in the sixth inning when Bradley Clark scored on a bases loaded walk.
Bradshaw then closed Deerfield in Craig Kimbrel fashion, striking out two and forcing a fly out from another.
“I thought in the last inning he did a super job coming in to close it out,” coach Ken Johnson said of Bradshaw. “He did a great job of mixing his pitches; in and out, up and down.”
Brookwood, which dropped a last-ditch loss to Tiftarea on Monday, is now in the midst of a five-day hiatus. The Warriors return to the diamond on Monday against Southwest Georgia Academy, then resume region play on Tuesday against Southland.
Brookwood (12-7, 1-3) currently sits in a three-way tie in GISA 3-AAA, and has three region games remaining.
“It could end up being a little wacky and crazy,” Johnson said. “I think the guys are getting there. We’re just going to keep working and keep playing.”