FOLKSTON, Ga. -- The Brookstone offense managed just four hits. Meanwhile, the Cougars' defense gave up nine walks and three errors.
The result was a 6-0 loss to Charlton County in Game 1 Wednesday of their Georgia High School Association Class A baseball second-round state playoff series. The game was shortened to six innings due to a lightning storm.
The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader Wednesday, but Game 2 now will be played at 2 p.m. today. If a third game is necessary, it would follow the end of Game 2.
Max Williams (5-2) suffered the loss. He allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and eight walks in four innings.
Charlton got on the board with a run in the bottom of the second.
Ryan Young led off with a walk. Joshua Crosby followed with a single. After a sacrifice bunt, another walk loaded the bases. Brad Baxter singled in Young for the 1-0 lead.
The Cougars had their best chance to score in the top of the third. Williams singled with two outs, followed by Matt Jones with a single, but Tim Kennedy struck out to end the threat.
Charlton County scored three times in the fourth. Richard Dasher doubled to right to lead off, and Scott Brichall walked. Baxter loaded the bases when he reached on a bunt single.
After Williams struck out Josh Baxter, LJ Talley hit a ball to center field that was turned into an error, allowing two runs to score. Talley later scored on a passed ball.
Charlton added runs in the fifth and sixth off reliever Parker James.
Matt Jones was the only Brookstone player with two hits.
Wednesday at Charlton County
Brookstone 000 000 x --0 4 3
Charlton Co. 010 311 x --6 8 0
WP--Chris Smith (NA). LP--Max Williams (5-2). Leading hitters--Brookstone Matt Jones 2-3, Tim Kennedy 1-3; Max Williams 1-2. Charlton County Joshua Crosby 2-3, R; Richard Dasher 2-3, R; Brad Baxter 2-3, RBI. Records--Brookstone 21-8; Charlton County 24-3. Next: Teams play at 2 p.m. today.