Brookwood parlayed four runs in the seventh inning of Friday’s GISA AAA state tournament game against Pinewood to a come-from-behind, 7-5 road win.
Trailing 4-3 heading into the final inning, Brookwood relied on unseasoned talent in its march to victory. Freshman Reid May and sophomore Scott Saunders – both of whom have played sparingly this season – had critical hits and runs scored that mounted momentum for Chandler Stencel, who pelted the go-ahead scores with a two-run home run.
May led off the seventh with a single, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt, then scored when Saunders doubled to right field.
Jordan Bradshaw followed with a single to bring home Saunders for his second RBI of the game, then Stencel followed with the home run.
“The younger guys stepped up and got the job done for us,” Brookwood coach Ken Johnson said. “It’s important for guys to come through in key moments. Tomorrow, it may be somebody else’s time.”
Brookwood tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning when Cale Deese brought home Stencel on an RBI double. Pinewood wrestled the lead back with two runs in the third, then Brookwood again tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth on a Tyler Thompson fielder’s choice – which brought home May – and Bradshaw single, which brought home Thompson.
Bradshaw earned the win from the mound with a complete game performance that consisted of three earned runs, eight hits allowed, five strikeouts and two walks.
Brookwood can advance in the best-of-three series with a win over Pinewood on Saturday.
Johnson will send No. 2 starter Bradley Clark to the hill for a first pitch at 11 a.m.
“We’ve just got to get it done,” Johnson said.