Brook 13s, 14s one win away from state

Published 5:00 am Monday, July 10, 2006

If the Dixie Boys Baseball District Tournament were a NASCARrace, you could say the Brookhaven All-Stars are ready for avictory lap. Both the 13 and 14-year-old Brookhaven teams are onewin away from advancing to the state tournament.

Brookhaven, unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament,awaits the winner of Saturday night’s Natchez-Summit games beingplayed at the Windsor Gay Youth Complex in Summit.

On a sultry Friday night at Exchange Club Park’s Legion Field,Brookhaven continued on a roll, sweeping Summit’s all-stars. TheBrookhaven 13s beat Summit 7-2 and the 14s rallied for a 4-3victory.

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Brookhaven started the tournament Thursday night by winningtwice at Natchez, 5-3 in the 13s and 13-7 in the 14s. Brookhaven istentatively scheduled to play tonight’s winners Monday night, at alocation yet to be determined.

Brookhaven 4, Summit 3

Friday night the hosts pulled out a last at-bat rally in thebottom of the seventh to clip Summit. With the score tied 3-3,Brookhaven leadoff batter Dehendrit Collins started with a base onballs. He stole second base and went to third on a passed ball.

A grounder to second base by Brett Rushing allowed Collins torace home with the winning run.

“Good teams find a way to win a ballgame, said Brookhavenmanager Terry Britt. “Our guys kept battling and never gave up.

“We faced a quality pitcher,” in Summit’s Shelby Johnson. Thetall right-hander tossed a 4-hitter, fanning 5 batters and walking2.

Brookhaven used the 1-2 pitching combination of Michael Martinand Colton Laird to beat Summit. It was Laird’s second tournamentvictory.

Laird replaced Martin in the fifth inning with 2 runners on baseand no outs. It was Johnson’s 2-out, RBI single up the middle whichplated 2 runs, the second on a fielding error. Summit led 3-2.

Brook gained a deadlock in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Kennedycoaxed a 1-out base on balls. Kennedy went to third on a throwingerror and scored on a passed ball, making it a 3-3 game.

Laird sat Summit down in order in the top of the seventh. Hefinished with 3 strikeouts, allowing 2 hits and no walks.

Martin went 4 innings, striking out 2 and walking 4.

At the plate, second baseman Tyler Case doubled for Brook. MattMagee, Rushing and Martin singled. Martin’s third-inning, RBIsingle to right gained a 1-1 deadlock.

Summit got 6 hits, all of them singles by Lance Floyd, SawyerSparks, Jody Lampton, Lee Deere, Ken Wicker and Johnson. Wicker’ssecond-inning, RBI single to left scored Deere with the game’sfirst run.

Brookhaven 7, Summit 2

Third baseman Brandon Allen powered Brook with 2 doubles and atriple in Friday’s opener. Catcher Matt Smith singled twice. TylerLumley, Mack Lowery and Cameron Berry also singled in the 8-hitattack.

Gage Wilson went the distance on the mound and collected thevictory. He struck out 8 batters, walked 6 and scattered 3 hits,allowing no earned runs.

Brook erased a 2-0 deficit with 4 third-inning runs. The winnersplated 3 more runs in the third for manager Dale Lowery.

Summit got singles from Zac Fleming, Brandon Austin, and JacobMcCalip.

Brookhaven 13, Natchez 7

In Thursday’s win at Natchez, Laird (6 Ks) and Kennedy (5 Ks)combined for 11 strikeouts. Aaron White was the losing pitcher.

Rushing powered the offensive with a triple and 3 singles. Mageedoubled and singled. Floyd had 3 singles. Case and Laird both had 2hits. Jones singled.

Audie Crosby had 3 singles for Natchez.