The Brownwood Lions’ three-game win streak was snapped, but they wasted no time attempting to start another in a doubleheader split against Venus Thursday afternoon at Morris Southall Field.
The Lions dropped the first game of the twin bill by a 7-6 count, then rebounded for a 9-8 victory in the second game, which was called after five innings.
“We just played five innings because it was the back end of a doubleheader and everybody’s got district games coming up,” said Lions head coach Blake Sandford. “We start district Tuesday and for them, it starts tomorrow. We were trying to save as many arms as possible.”
During the Lions’ Game 2 triumph, Brownwood scored three runs in the first inning, four in the third and two runs in the fifth. Venus managed just two runs over the first four innings, but struck for six in its final trip to the plate.
Offensive standouts for the Lions included Cojo Guidry, who doubled, singled and drove in two RBIs. Evan Cain notched a two-RBI single, while Seth Owen and Trent Carlton finished with two hits apiece.
“We hit the ball a lot better in the second game,” Sanford said. “We out hit them both games, but what’s been our Achilles’ heel is errors. If we eliminate errors we’ll be a pretty salty ball team. We’re certainly capable of doing that, but we have to put a complete game together first — then do that multiple games in a row.”
In the opener, the Lions tallied the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning, but Venus responded with six unanswered — one in the second, three in the third and two runs in the fourth.
Brownwood closed the gap to 6-5 in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a three-run home run from Elijah Salazar, but could not complete the comeback.
Offensively, Scott Kinzler contributed a pair of singles as he was the only Lion with multiple hits, and Justin Osteen recorded the only other extra-base hit with a double.
On the mound, Kinzler and Bradley Durand split innings.
The Lions (10-6) conclude their non-district slate at 1 p.m. today when they venture to Sweetwater. District 8-3A action begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a trip to Liberty Hill.