Miscues cost the Brownwood Lions in their District 8-3A baseball opener at Liberty Hill Tuesday, but the Lions took advantage of Lampasas mistakes Friday night at Morris Southall Field to even their league mark.
Despite just six hits, the Lions collected a 4-2 victory over a Lampasas team that committed four errors — most of which were costly.
“There’s no down time in district, we have to get after everybody we face,” said Lions first-year head coach Blake Sandford of his team’s ability to rebound. “We can’t win the last nine until we win one. Our focus was to try and rebound from Tuesday’s game and to try and have a good showing at home.”
Brownwood (11-8, 1-1) pitcher Seth Owen allowed two runs on two hits with nine strikeouts, six walks and one hit batter to earn the win. Justin Osteen gave up a hit to the first batter he faced, but retired the final six in order — including a pair on strikeouts — to earn the save.
The Lions struck for three runs in bottom of the third as Emilio Salazar reached on an error and later scored on a passed ball. Owen also reached on an error and Jared Crouch was hit by a pitch ahead of a two-RBI single from Scott Kinzler.
Lampasas trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the fifth inning, but the Lions added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Cojo Guidry led off with an infield single, then advanced to third on an errant pick off attempt at first base. The throw to third then sailed into the dugout, allowing Guidry to trot home.
The Lions are back in action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they visit Gatesville.