Postseason success continued for two Brookwood Warriors on Wednesday.
Seniors Chandler Stencel and Jordan Bradshaw – both Times-Enterprise all-area players – were named to the GISA AAA All-State baseball team, coach Ken Johnson confirmed.
The pair was also selected to play in the GISA All-Star game that pits AAA schools against a team the most talented AA and A players. The enine-inning game features only seniors, and will be played at Mercer University on June 7.
Stencel, who caught 128 consecutive games during his Brookwood tenure and had a .983 fielding percentage this season, will retain his post behind the plate.
Bradshaw, the Warriors’ No. 1 ace who also boasted a .328 batting average, was selected as a hybrid pitcher and first baseman.
“It’s very rewarding for those kids,” Johnson said. “Coaches remember those kinds of kids – they don’t forget that.”
This is the third straight year two Warriors were named to the All-Star team. Bradshaw was selected the past two seasons with since graduated Byron Strickland.
Bradshaw and Stencel have played together at Brookwood since Johnson’s first year in 2010 when they both qualified for the team as middle schoolers.
“We had to bring all the eighth graders up just to field a varsity team that year,” the coach recalled.
The duo’s class has seen much success in the five years since, including a region championship and pair of final four appearances in the GISA AAA Tournament.
Brookwood went 17-10 this year and reached the second round of the tournament before falling to Stratford.
Bradshaw pitched in almost half of those games, going 8-4 from the mound in 13 appearances with a 2.17 ERA.
And Stencel hunched behind the plate for all of it as he had the entire season.
“He’s the pitcher I’m most comfortable with,” Stencel said of Bradshaw after a win over Deerfield-Windsor in April. “He’s so consistent. Anywhere I put my mit, he can hit it. ... We have a great chemistry together.”