THOMASVILLE -- The Brookwood Warriors continued their rampage through the GISA AA playoffs Tuesday with their sweep of the Bulloch Academy Gators, 5-0 and 17-5.
Stephen Shea continued his torrid hitting at the plate and dominance on the mound. The senior pitcher fired a no-hitter in game one, striking out 11.
"I just started throwing my fastball and hitting spots. It was effective," Shea said.
Shea also received some help in the field, in particular from right fielder Tyler Alexander. With Shea clinging to his no-hit bid in the top of the seventh, Bulloch's Daniel Whitt smoked a pitch to right-center field. Alexander darted in from right field and made a sparkling diving catch to save the no-hitter.
"Tyler Alexander saved me," Shea said. "I've got to give him credit. It's awesome."
"To me, Tyler's our best outfielder at getting jumps on the ball," Brookwood head coach Boo Taylor said.
Most of the credit has to go to Shea, who retired the last 12 batters he faced.
"Stephen's a hard worker," Taylor said. "He's hitting the ball good and throwing the ball good."
While Shea sizzled on the mound, he was just as hot at the plate. He finished the game 3-for-3 with an RBI. The RBI came in the first inning on a bloop single that scored Seth Tucker. Shea and Drew Johnson later scored on a throwing error by the Gators third baseman.
Brookwood scored two more in the second inning on a two-run blast over the left-field fence by Tucker. He ended the game 3-for-4 at the plate.
In the second game, Shea's hot hitting continued, going 3-for-3 with five RBIs. He also reached on three walks. The Warriors tallied 7 runs in the first three innings, sparked by Shea's RBI double in the first inning. His two-run homer in the second highlighted a four-run inning for the Warriors. An RBI single by Mark Coram and sacrifice fly by Robert Shiver scored Brookwood's two runs in the third.
The Warriors surged to a 10-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Bulloch fought back behind four singles off starting pitcher Rann Day. Yancey Mooney's infield dribbler scored two runs, knocking Day out of the game. Tucker came in relief and struck out Chase Newton, extinguishing the Gators' fire.
Tucker's strikeout sparked the Warriors in the seventh inning, as they broke loose for seven runs with the back-breaking blow coming from Tucker. With the bases juiced, he cleaned the bases with a double to the outfield fence. Tucker finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
The Warriors will play in the Final Four in a best-two-out-of-three series on Monday.
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