THOMASVILLE -- Brookwood finally got its first test of the postseason.
The Warriors overcame a 3-1 deficit in the seventh inning Friday to take game one of the GISA AA championship series 5-4 in nine innings.
Game two will take place today at 1 p.m. at Brookwood with game three (if necessary) starting at 4 p.m.
Brookwood won on a walk-off two-run homer by Seth Tucker in the bottom of the ninth.
"I was looking for a curve ball, and he threw it and hung one," Tucker said. "It was time for him to hang one and he did."
As soon as Tucker smacked the curve ball, Brookwood head coach Boo Taylor knew the ball was headed over the fence.
"I've seen him hit too many of them," Taylor said.
Tucker was 0-for-3 at the plate heading into his fifth at-bat. Tucker understands how huge winning game one is.
"It means a lot. We have all the momentum now," Tucker said.
The Warriors trailed 3-1 heading into the seventh inning and put their first two hitters on base. Drew Johnson reached on an infield error and advanced to second on a bloop single by Jarrod Lewis that barely escaped the grasp of Tiftarea's second baseman. After Brookwood's next two batters failed to move the runners over, Tyler Alexander stepped in and drove a pitch to deep right-center field. Tiftarea's Drew Hobby darted over from center field and dove for the ball. The ball hit his glove and fell out when he hit the ground.
"That's baseball, it's a game of inches," Tiftarea head coach Chad Roberts said. "It was beautiful for a second. I didn't really believe he was going to get to the ball anyway."
Both Warriors scored on the play, sending the game into extra innings.
After the Panthers went 1-2-3 in the eighth inning, Brookwood appeared poised for a dramatic victory, as Stephen Cheney laced a double to left field to begin the inning. Johnson followed with a walk. Both runners moved up a base on the sacrifice by Lewis. Clayton Funderburke then was intentionally walked to load the bases. With the bases juiced and one out, Pace Callaway launched a pop fly to Hobby in center field. He made the catch and fired to the plate, as Cheney tagged from third. The throw was right on the money as the catcher applied the tag for the third out.
"That was an unbelievable play right there," Roberts said. "The catcher did a heck of a job holding onto the ball."
Taylor had no hesitation in sending Cheney.
"He had to make a perfect throw to get him out and he made a perfect throw," Taylor said.
Tiftarea scored a run in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Hobby. But Tucker's blast has the Panthers on the brink of elimination and Brookwood on the verge of second straight title. "The same thing happened to us (last round against LaGrange)," Roberts said. "We've been in this position. What we've got to do is not let it get us down."
This Week's Circulars
- Cairo puts in new measures against virus spread
- Ochlocknee man dies in Gwinnett County crash
- Residents charged with fireworks violations
- Stolen gun recovered in traffic stop
- Shooting range manager, assistants appointed
- Fake city checks caught up in scam
- 19 new COVID-19 cases in Thomas County
- City schools to push start date back
- PBS documentary tells story of Thomasville’s first Black woman doctor
- Ranges at Oakfield 'soft' opening Monday
Sorry, there are no recent results for popular images.
Graveside Service for Bobby Lee Frazier will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Peaceful Rest Cemetery. He leaves to mourn his passing a sister: Doris Frazier and a brother: Eugene Frazier and a host of other relatives and friends. Public viewing will be held Tuesday, July …
Graveside service for Hazel Nixon Beard will be held Monday, July 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Peaceful Rest Cemetery. She leaves to mourn her passing two children: LaNorris Nixon and Beverly Wilson, grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Public viewing will be Sunday, July 12…