Warrior Baseball Runs Away From Southland, Wins 9-4 on Senior Day

Brookwood Baseball put together one of its better efforts of the season Friday afternoon, hosting Southland Academy for the final regular season Region play game. After falling behind 3-0 before even coming to bat, the Warriors dominated the rest of the way for a 9-4 win. Read more...
In a 1st Inning that did not get off to the best start, the Warriors found themselves down 3-0 before taking their first at bat in the bottom half of the opening frame. They used back to back singles in their first two at-bats by Joe Parker and Jacob Lauderdale to start the rally. By the end of the inning, the score was knotted at 3-3 and momentum had shifted back to Brookwood's side.

Senior Tyler Mirick, starting on Senior Day, settled in to the top half of the 2nd to quickly retire the side.

Jacob Lauderdale's double in the Bottom of the 2nd scored Joe Parker all the way from first base on the play, giving Brookwood a 4-3 lead after two.

Another quick inning of work by Mirick gave the suddenly hot Warrior bats a quick turnaround with the home team ready to strike again. And this time they blew the game wide open.

A series of errors and walks helped Brookwood load the bases. Senior Daniel Atkinson's hard hit ground ball at the Southland 2nd Baseman wasn't handled well, allowing Daniel to reach and score his brother Jacob from third base on the play. With the Warriors leading 5-3, Nic Lauderdale drew a bases loaded walk to make it 6-3.

Joe Parker seized the opportunity with the reeling Southland Raiders in the field, hitting a double to deep center field and scoring two more. Within a matter of 30 minutes, the Warriors had gone from down 3-0 to up 8-3. Still with only 1 out, William Lee's hard hit ground ball allowed him to reach on a fielder's choice and score yet another run. The five runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning were a season high for Brookwood, giving a 9-3 advantage headed to the top half of the 4th inning.

From there, it was up to the Brookwood pitching and defense to finish the day out. Southland fought back, placing runners on second and third base only to see Mirick get the strikeout for the final out and end the threat.

In the Top of the 5th, Southland looked poised to take back momentum again. With runners on first and second, freshman Ethan Meyers threw out the runner trying to steal third base for the final out of the inning.

In the Top of the 6th, Coach Daniel Funt replaced Mirick with freshman Jacob Lauderdale. With the Warriors leading 9-4 and Southland having bases loaded with no outs, Lauderdale entered into a tough situation. A line drive to Nick Knifer at second base allowed for a 4-6 double play, with the Southland runner getting caught not being able to tag up. Lauderdale then stepped off the mound to pick a runner trying to steal second. Just like that, the Warriors were out of the inning.

Lauderdale returned to the mound in the Top of the 7th to finish it out and the Warriors defense held strong to keep the final score 9-4.

Coach Funt commented, "I’m so happy for the seniors to celebrate their night on a high note.  I’m proud of the team for battling and making it tough on their opponent.  This was a great team win."
Located in Thomasville, GA, Brookwood School is a private school for grades JK-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.