Valdosta Daily Times

March 4, 2014

Brooks County rolls past Echols County

Samuel D. Logan
The Valdosta Daily Times

QUITMAN — Brooks County baseball coach Alex Robinson wants his Trojans to just learn how to be successful.

The Trojans took a step in that direction Monday as they defeated the visiting Echols County Wildcats 16-6.

“Our goal right now is to learn how to win,” said Robinson.  

After a rough start, the Trojans trailed 6-3 entering the bottom of the fourth inning. Despite a hit and an error, the score remained the same.

“One step to learning how to win is for them to be able to pull it off, even after everything doesn’t go their way,” Robinson said. “A lot was going wrong but it was up to them to pull it together and they did.”

Starting at pitcher for Brooks County was Will Garrett, who earned his first start at the position. Garrett pitched a successful first inning before being pulled in the second after allowing Echols to score twice on walks. The Trojans then called on pitcher Jake Layton to finish the inning, and he closed by striking out the first batter who came to the plate.

“It was Will Garrett’s first start at pitcher and he gave us a good one, which was expected since it was his first time,” Robinson said. “The second guy we brought in pitched against Echols on Friday and we won. We needed to win again so we let him pitch again.”

Trailing by that 6-3 margin going into the fifth inning, Brooks made another pitching change, bringing in Craig Thomas. Meanwhile Echols’ starter Caleb Rogers was still going strong.

With the change, the Wildcats were unable to score again, while the Trojans’ offense woke up, playing effortlessly in the final three innings.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Trojans secured seven runs, regaining the lead and never looked back.

“We played bad in the first four innings, and really took us to five innings to get it right,” added Robinson. “We hit a lot of fly balls and gave up a lot of walks to start the game.”

Three innings of big hits and nice baserunning led the Trojans to a comeback.

“Skyler Manning had two big hits, one to end the game and one to put us back in the game,” said Robinson. “We had good baserunning to end the game, but it is something we are going to work on improving.”

In the sixth inning, Echols was unable to secure any runs, while the Trojans added six more, ending the game.

Echols finished with four hits, while the Trojans had 11 hits and will have a short time to prepare before their next game.

The Trojans host Early County today at 5:30 p.m.