After a less than impressive start to the Bluebonnet Invitational, the Brownwood Lions bounced back with a 13-8 victory over the San Angelo Central JV Thursday night at Morris Southall Field.
The Lions (7-5), who could not push a run across the board in their tournament opener, struck for 10 runs in the first three innings against Central and built an eight-run advantage en route to evening their Invitational record.
Colt Evetts worked a 1-2-3 top of the first inning, then the Lions reeled off three runs in the bottom of the frame.
Bryant McDaniel led off by reaching on an error, then Seth Owen followed with an RBI double to drive in the first run. Cojo Guidry singled home Owen, while Scott Kinzler knocked in Guidry with a base hit to cap the first-inning scoring.
Central closed to within 3-2 in the top of the second thanks to a two-run home run, but the Lions pushed the lead back to a pair of runs, 4-2, in the bottom of the second on McDaniel’s RBI sacrifice fly.
The Lions put the game out of reach with six runs in the bottom of the third. Kinzler reached on a one-out error ahead of an RBI double from Justin Osteen while Evetts followed with a two-RBI single that plated Osteen and Jared Crouch, who walked, to push the lead to 7-2. Emilio Salazar added an RBI double, Owen singled in another run and McDaniel chalked up an RBI triple.
Central closed to within 10-4 before the Lions tacked on three more runs in the sixth to open their biggest lead, 13-4.
Ranger College JV 7, Lions 0
The Lions left 13 base runners stranded and committed six errors as their two-game win streak was snapped during their first game of the Bluebonnet Invitational, 7-0, by the Ranger College JV.
Brownwood will face Snyder at 6 tonight, then battle Stephenville at 1:30 p.m. and Lampasas at 3:45 p.m. Saturday.
In other tournament action Thursday, Ranger defeated Snyder, 8-4; Stephenville knocked off Lampasas, 9-5; and Snyder edged Stephenville, 7-6.