THOMASVILLE — The Brookwood baseball team played fundamentally sound baseball in its season-opening win Wednesday.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, they couldn’t match that performance Thursday in a 13-5 loss to Madison County, Fla.

After making just three errors in dominating Maclay, Brookwood’s defense suffered breakdowns against Madison County.

“There was a lot of unearned runs,” Brookwood coach Boo Taylor said. “It’s a learning experience. Our defense got a little lazy.”

The defensive miscues overshadowed strong pitching from Cory Reagin, Jeb Johnson and Ethan Howell.

“They pitched well,” Taylor said. “Cory threw strikes at times, but he wasn’t hitting his spots like he wanted to and he told me that.”

One of the Warriors’ few defensive stars was catcher Drew Balfour. Senior Mark Coram has been hindered by a tender hamstring and with the cooler weather, Balfour caught both the junior varsity and varsity games. Taylor said Balfour threw out seven baserunners on the day.

After the defensive letdown allowed Madison County to build a big lead, the Warriors rallied to score five runs to avoid a mercy-rule loss.

“We played until the last out was made,” Taylor said. “They weren’t any better than us, we just beat ourselves.”

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