Thomasville, GA - It's mid-May and the Brookwood baseball team is still practicing. They have a semifinal series starting Saturday. It's unusual for the team to be out here around this time, especially when they almost didn't have a team three years ago.
"It's been a work in progress is what's its been," Brookwood Head Coach Ken Johnson said. "These guys have really worked hard. This year things sort of got turned around."
The Warriors were 8-12 last season. This year, they're 27-4. Players attribute the turnaround to no other than hard work.
"Hard work pays off," senior shortstop Ricky Escobedo said. "We've done everything we can. You get out what you put into it."
Even with only one senior, the Warriors have played like a veteran ballclub. Six players have a batting average of .350 or better.
"This year it's all clicking for us really," junior outfielder Byron Strickland said. "We just seem to be pulling it all together, you know?"
"Since we have a younger team, they feel like they have something to prove," Escobedo said. "When you do that you just want to go after it."
They will go after it at home against Windsor Academy.
"We play pretty good at home. I think we've lost twice here all season," Johnson said.
"It's huge. We've had it the whole playoffs," Strickland said. "It's worked for us."
If it keeps working, they only have one more game for the title.