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May 8, 2014

Brookwood lone local team alive in state playoffs

THOMASVILLE —

Brookwood will carry Thomasville’s last torch into the baseball playoffs this weekend when it takes on Pinewood in a best-of-three series beginning on Friday at 4 p.m. 

Brookwood (15-9, 2-5) is coming off a grueling weekend that featured a split doubleheader  with a win over Southland and loss to Tiftarea at TU’s Varnedoe Field.

The Warriors then lost an unscheduled play-in game to Deerfield-Windsor on Monday, which slated them the fourth and final seed in GISA 3-AAA.

Add a last-minute tilt against Terrell on Tuesday, and the Warriors had played four games in just as many days.

Brookwood coach Ken Johnson said the most fatiguing aspect of playing consecutive games was pitching mismatches.

The Warriors went through their entire rotation while consistently facing the opposing team’s top ace.

“When you go against four No. 1’s in a row, it really takes a toll,” he said. “We’re looking forward to having more balance on the hill this weekend.” 

Johnson added that the  Warriors’ recent schedule packed with games should pay dividends for a team that has high hopes heading into the playoffs.

Keep in mind that Brookwood also endured a five game slate during a weekend road trip to Alabama last month, which Johnson said he schedules annually to prepare for the grind of the postseason.

“I think [travel] takes care of itself as you progress through the season,” he said. “Not sleeping in your own bed isn’t something you normally like to do, but it helps down the road.”

Brookwood spent the last two days of practice focusing heavily on infield drills, as the team hadn’t done so other than in pregame warm-ups since last week with the consistent rain in the area.

Johnson said he believes that getting into one final groove before making the 175 mile haul was pivotal.

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