The Brownwood Lions scored all of their runs in the first inning, while Seth Owen struck out 15 and scattered four hits in a 4-2 victory over Stephenville to conclude the Bluebonnet Invitational Saturday afternoon.
The Lions (9-5), who won their final three games of the tournament after being shut out by the Ranger College JV, were supposed to face District 8-3A rival Lampasas to close the tournament. Afternoon thunderstorms led to that game being cancelled, however.
Owen surrendered a home run in the top of the first inning, then did not yield another hit until the sixth. On three occasions Owen retired the side on strikeouts.
“Seth had a high number of strikeouts and only gave up a few hits here and there, and our defense continued to make plays,” said Lions head coach Blake Sandford.
Trailing by a run heading into their first at-bat, the first three Lions reached base and all eventually scored as part of a four-run frame.
Bryant McDaniel walked, Owen singled and Cojo Guidry reached on an error, which allowed McDaniel to score. Scott Kinzler followed with an RBI sacrifice fly while Justin Osteen and Emilio Salazar tacked on RBI singles later in the inning.
“That was an awesome kick start with everyone getting on base,” Sandford said.
Stephenville’s first two batters of the sixth reached on singles before Owen fanned the next three.
In the seventh, again the first two Yellow Jackets reached but a double play, which yielded a run, quashed the rally.
The Lions will play Burkburnett in Mineral Wells at 1 p.m. Monday.