ABILENE — The Brownwood Lions defeated a former district rival for the second game in a row — both away from home — as head coach Blake Sandford’s squad improved to 6-4 with a 7-5 road win over Abilene Wylie Tuesday.

“I thought they played really well considering they’ve been road warriors lately,” Sandford said. “They had the long weekend in Snyder, but any time you can travel and play in the cold and do those sorts of things, that will help you later on down the road.”

Brownwood scored all seven of its runs over the first four innings, then held off a late Wylie charge as the Bulldogs tallied three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Scott Kinzler started on the mound and worked six innings, striking out 15 while allowing a pair of runs on four hits. Colt Evetts worked the seventh inning and yielded three runs on two hits with one strikeout.

At the plate, Seth Owen recorded three of the Lions’ nine hits, trailed by one each from Trent Carlton, Evan Cain, Justin Osteen, Emilio Salazar, Cojo Guidry and Kinzler. 

Guidry tripled and drove in two RBIs while Owen, Osteen and Carlton, who doubled, contributed one RBI apiece.

The Lions will host the Bluebonnet Invitational Thursday through Saturday. Brownwood will face the Ranger College JV at 3:45 p.m. Thursday and the San Angelo Central JV at 6 p.m. Thursday in the first day of action.