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May 17, 2014

Brookwood routed 9-1 in second round opener


Brookwood could be down to its final game of the season.

The Warriors were thromped 9-1 to host Stratfor in the second round opener of the GISA AAA playoffs. 

Brookwood will need to win back-to-back games on Monday to advance in the best-of-three series.

Stratford extended its early 3-0 to eight with five runs scored in the fifth inning.

“It went from bad to worse,” Brookwood coach Ken Johnson said.

The Warriors walked Stratford’s leadoff batter, then allowed four straight hits, including a bases loaded double that brought home three runs on an error by Brookwood’s centerfielder. 

The Warriors hit and walked the ensuing batters, then allowed an RBI base hit that gave Stratford an 8-0 lead. 

Brookwood could only counter with one run in the fourth when Jordan Bradshaw scored from third base on an RBI hit from Cale Deese.

Bradshaw, who started from the mound, lasted five innings after allowing seven earned runs and nine hits with just one strikeout.

“It wasn’t a Jordan Bradshaw type of day,” Johnson said while noting that his No. 1 ace felt sick in the hours leading up to first pitch.

Drew Goodwin tossed the final two innings and allowed a run on an error.

Speaking of, the Warriors again found their Achilles heel on defense – of Stratford’s nine runs, six reached base on a walk, hit batter or error.

Johnson said he preached the importance of not giving away free outs during practice this week, and made it a pivotal point in the Warriors’ gameplan.

Brookwood’s offense couldn’t neutralize its defensive woes, and accounted for just six hits from six different batters.

The Warriors now eye an elimination game on Monday. 

Johnson, however, noted how eerily similar this series is shaping up to last year’s, in which Brookwood ousted Stratford in the rubber match

The Warriors took Game 1 with an identical 9-1 score, then were routed 10-0 in Game 2 before they took the series in the finale.

“We’ve just got to put this one behind us because last year showed that it’s not over until it’s over,” he said.

Brookwood will conduct a workout on Saturday before graduation then travel to Macon early on Monday morning.

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