GATESVILLE — A two-out, walk-off, solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning ruined Brownwood’s rally from a four-run deficit as Gatesville remained undefeated in District 8-3A action with a 10-9 victory.
The Lady Lions slipped to 2-2 in district competition and 9-10-1 overall, while Gatesville kept pace with Liberty Hill atop the 8-3A standings.
Gatesville, which has scored at least 10 runs in all four district games, put eight runs on the board during the first two innings.
The first four-spot for the Lady Hornets answered Brownwood’s four-run bottom of the first, with the second putting the Lady Lions in a four-run hole.
Brownwood appeared in the driver’s seat after a half-inning as Sydney Laws, who finished with four hits and three RBIs, singled home Cherita George, who doubled, with the first run. Ashley Gomez later launched a three-run home run to stake the Lady Lions to a four-run edge.
Gatesville opened its scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and added two more runs before the inning was over. The Lady Hornets continued to pile up the runs in the second inning.
The Lady Lions closed to within 8-5 in the third as an RBI single by Kristen Fuentes drove home Laws.
Gatesville answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but Laws scored on an error in the top of the fifth to make the score 9-6.
In the top of the seventh, Halie Hipsher and George reached on singles ahead of Laws’ two-RBI double, which cut Gatesville’s lead to 9-8. Then, for the second time in the game, an errant throw with Laws on third base knotted the score at 9.
The Lady Lions will attempt to rebound at 5 p.m. Friday when they host Llano.