Austin Brooks' Walk-Off Blast Sends Paris Over Bracken County 12-11
May 6, 2010Paris High School
The Greyhound Senior Finished His Day With Four Hits And Seven RBI's
Austin Brooks is on a hot streak when it comes to hitting the ball and he couldn't have written a better script last week when he helped his team knock off Bracken County 12-11 with a walk off homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning in a very exciting game at Cary Barr Field.
Brooks, who had two homeruns on the day, finished with four hits and seven runs batted in leading the Hounds at the plate.
"Austin Brooks was just awesome today. He continues to lead us in hitting around the 500 mark," said Paris Coach Cary Barr. "He is such a great kid. He has improved as much as any player that I have ever coached in one year's time."
Paris, behind a two-run homer from senior Cody Maggard, who is also swinging a hot bat, led 4-1 after two innings before the Polar Bears grabbed a 6-4 lead over the Hounds heading into the bottom half of the fourth inning. During that bottom half, Brooks pushed his team back into the lead at 7-6 with a three-run shot that cleared the centerfield fence.
The visitors didn't go away as they managed to move back in front of Paris at 11-8 after six innings. However, every time the Bears got a lead, the Greyhounds would answer with their own scoring and in the process, take the lead back. Jake Gubitz, who started the game for the Hounds on the mound, had a big 2-RBI single in the sixth inning to help Paris tie up the contest at 11-11 and in doing so, helped set up Brooks' late game heroics.
Brooks stepped to the plate as the first batter for the Hounds during the final inning and he didn't take long before he sent a 1-1 pitch over the left centerfield field fence at the 325 mark to send the Hounds' team into a frenzy at home plate.
"I can't say enough about these players," said Coach Barr. "We kept coming from behind all day and just hung in there."
Coach Barr continued by saying that he was pleased by the 15 hits that the team collected, but he wasn't too happy about the 11 runs that his team gave up. "Our young kids at the end of the lineup are starting to hit the ball and that makes us more competitive when they can get on base. We played Clark County and lost to them this week, but I felt we played well for being as young as we are."
Eighth grader Ian Kossick came in to pitch the sixth and seventh innings and got his second straight victory on the season. He gave up zero runs and one hit.
In closing, the coach concluded by talking about the big hit by Brooks.
"This was just a great story book ending to a great day for a great young man, Austin Brooks. A day he will remember the rest of his life."