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Tournaments | Story | 6/22/2021

Bombers Get Title No. 2 at Showdown

Matthew Welsh        
Photo: Georgia Bombers 17u Marucci (Perfect Game)
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia Bombers Marucci took home the Perfect Game Summer Showdown’s 17u bracket on Monday afternoon, beating the South Charlotte Panthers, 3-2, in a rain-filled eight innings of baseball. 
 
It was a come-from-behind victory for the Bombers, a team that is two weeks removed from its first tournament win of the summer at the Elite National Championship. Exiting the bottom of the fourth inning, the visitors found themselves down 2-0, with only a single hit in the game, struggling to find any kind of momentum.
 
Then came the rain, as a torrential downpour ensued with one out in the top of the fifth at Blessed Trinity High School. For nearly an hour, the rain forced play to pause, pitchers to cool, and the game’s competitive nature to, if just for a moment, cease.
 
Perhaps that break was exactly what the Bombers needed because when play resumed, their bats came to life. Parker Brosius wasted no time and sent the first pitch he saw after restart into left-center, scoring Tyler Triche, who had reached on a single before the game was stopped. 
 
Brosius’ double was the first extra-base hit of the day for the Bombers and was also their first RBI knock in the championship. His approach in the at-bat was simple. 
 
“I was just sitting on a fastball the whole way, so I just knew I had to be on time and get the barrel out front,” said Brosius. 
 
Still his aggression in the inning did not waver. After stealing third base two pitches later, Brosius streaked home on a sacrifice fly to right field from Nicholas Hollifield. Not even five minutes after play had continued, the Bombers had tied the score at two. 
 
Matthew Holcomb took over pitching responsibilities for the Bombers in the fifth and delivered 3 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Holcomb was able to navigate five walks, and supplemented his outing with one strikeout, but it was in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs where Brosius shined again, this time, defensively. 
 
The speedy center fielder scrambled to rob Mac Gillespie of what would have been a two-run, game-winning home run over the center field wall. Instead, Brosius brought back the ball from just over the top of the wall to preserve his team’s tie.
 
“I always want to just go out and make plays,” Brosius said. “And thankfully I was able to make that one and keep us in the game.”
 
The very next inning, Omari Daniel stepped to the plate and successfully executed a double hit-and-run that forced the Panthers into a fielder’s choice, and scored Hollifield from second base. Daniel’s ground ball was the action play the Bombers needed to give them their first lead fo the game, albeit only of the one-run variety. 
 
“It’s a great feeling when I go out with my boys, and I just wanted to put the ball down in play and to not [make my coach mad],” said Daniel laughing to himself. “We were all just really hype and we were ready, and I’m proud of my boys.”
 
In the bottom of the eighth, Daniel again proved vital. He came in to relieve Holcomb on the mound, who had found himself in a bases-loaded, two-out jam, in part thanks to an error that occurred earlier in the inning. 
 
But even in the game’s most pressurized moment, Daniel remained calm and struck out the last batter of the game, giving his team the title. 
 
“Really I was just thinking ‘Be a dog, be better than the hitter,’ and I was looking to spot up my fastball,” Daniel said. “We just need to keep playing as a team, and I know that I’ll go to war with every single kid on this team.”
 
This is the Bomber’s second Perfect Game event of the Summer where they have taken home top honors. But their aim, with some of the most competitive tournaments of the year still to come, is to keep this momentum rolling. 
 
We want to just keep playing good baseball, keep this winning streak going and keep competing out there,” Brosius said. 
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