The Brownwood Lady Lions’ see-saw journey through pre-district competition continued to the brink of the District 8-3A opener.
Playing a doubleheader in their final two outings before heading to Burnet at 7 p.m. Friday in the league opener, the Lady Lions crushed Venus — a recent addition to the schedule — by a 17-1 count, then were baffled by Snyder in a 7-1 setback.
In the victory over Venus, the Lady Lions (7-8-1) tallied four runs in the bottom of the first inning, three runs in the second, eight in the bottom of the third and two more runs in the fourth inning.
Against former district rival Snyder, the Lady Lions did not record a base hit until the fifth inning, finished with just three hits in the game and did not score until the sixth inning.
In Tuesday’s opener, the Lady Lions raced out to a four-run lead after one inning as Halie Hipsher walked and scored when Kristen Fuentes reached on a two-out error. Alyson Finnigan responded with an RBI triple, then Shelbi Winstead reached on another error to plate Finnigan. Winstead later scored on a passed ball.
The Lady Lions stretched their lead to 7-0 in the second inning as Cherita George tripled home Tori Burkett, who led off with a single, then George came home on a passed ball. Later in the frame, Fuentes doubled ahead of an RBI double by Finnigan.
The eight-run third inning, which increased the lead to 15-1, featured an RBI single by Sydney Laws, a two-RBI double by Fuentes and an RBI double from Finnigan. Ashley Gomez then singled home Fuentes, Kathryn Walker reached on an error that scored Finnigan and Gomez scored when Burkett reached on an error. Hipsher later knocked in Burkett.
Brownwood’s last two runs in the fourth scored on a two-RBI double by Winstead.
In the circle, Laws surrendered just one hit to Venus and struck out 10 batters.
Against Snyder, Laws fanned eight and also yielded eight hits.
The Lady Tigers struck for two runs in the top of the second inning, three in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Walker broke up Snyder’s no-hit bid with two outs in the bottom of the fifth with a single over first base, just inside the foul line.
In the sixth inning, Hipsher led off with a triple to the gap in right-center field and George followed with an RBI double.