Brookwood repeats in GISA Class AA

By Clint Thompson

THOMASVILLE -- The Brookwood Warriors captured their second straight GISA AA baseball title Saturday with a 3-1 victory over the Tiftarea Panthers.

"It's the best way to go out," catcher Stephen Cheney said after playing his last game at Brookwood. "It's awesome to win a second state championship in a row."

Cheney is one of six seniors who finished their careers with back-to-back crowns.

"It feels great. It doesn't get much better than a state championship," senior second baseman Robert Shiver said.

Unlike last year's championship series that saw the Warriors manhandle John Hancock, this year's series pushed Brookwood. The Warriors overcame a 3-1 deficit in the seventh inning Friday. The Warriors won Saturday's game despite collecting only six hits and leaving eight runners on base.

"We knew it was going to be a battle, and that's what it was," Brookwood head coach Boo Taylor said, who won a state title in his first season at the helm.

"It was harder only because of expectations we had," center fielder Clayton Funderburke said. "It feels pretty good to go out with a win."

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