Brookwood standout gets key to the city

A former Brookwood High School athletic standout received a key to the city of Brookwood at the school’s homecoming celebration on Friday.

Brandon Johnson was a three-time athlete at Brookwood who went on to play collegiate baseball at the University of Mississippi, where he secured his team its first baseball National Championship by throwing the final strikeout.

Brookwood Mayor Joe Barger said even back then the city knew Johnson would be successful in anything he tried.

“He is our hometown hero,” Barger said. “He is an example of hard work, determination, and never giving up.  He is a great example for our children and for our students here at Brookwood High School. He’s always been a leader in athletics and academics. We are very proud of his accomplishments,” said Barger.

Johnson expressed his gratitude to the city he grew up in and thanked Barger and Brookwood High School Principal Kelly Hubbard.

“It’s an awesome honor,” Johnson said. “You grow up and you kind of joke about getting a key to the city. It’s an overwhelming feeling. It’s a great emotion.”

Johnson was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the ninth round of the 2022 Major League Baseball draft.

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