ROBINSON — The Brownwood Lions split their first two games at the Robinson/West tournament Thursday, falling to No. 13 Robinson by a 15-1 count in their opener then rebounding with an 8-5 victory over Salado in the nightcap.
The Lions trailed Salado, 2-1, heading into the top of the fourth inning where Brownwood struck for six runs.
Justin Osteen, who also picked up the win on the mound, began the fourth with a single. Tyler Jackson came in to serve as a courtesy-runner and crossed the plate on an RBI single by Elijah Salazar, which knotted the score at 2. Carson Cloy then reached on an error ahead of a squeeze bunt by Kory Owen, which scored Salazar and pushed the Lions back in front, 3-2.
Trent Carlton followed with an RBI single that increased the lead to 4-2, then Rawlings Rios walked ahead of a Seth Owen RBI single that was lost in the lights. Leading 5-2, the Lions tacked on two more runs in the inning on an RBI sacrifice fly by Cojo Guidry and a two-out error that allowed Hayden Day to reach.
After Salado closed to within 7-5 in the bottom of the sixth, the Lions added an insurance run in the seventh as Carlton singled home Cloy, who began the inning by drawing a walk.
Brownwood snatched a 1-0 lead in the third as Carlton, Rios and Seth Owen singled in order to start the inning, and Guidry’s double play ball resulted in the initial run crossing the plate.
On the mound, Osteen struck out five and walked four in four-plus innings to notch the victory. Pablo Salazar struck out one in two innings of relief.
In the Lions’ loss to Robinson — which retuned nine starters from a 23-5-1 team that was upset in the first round of the playoffs last year — Brownwood surrendered one run in the first inning, six in the second, three in the third and five in the fourth.
Bradly Durand and Tristan Chesser pitched for the Lions as Robinson chalked up 12 hits against duo.
Offensively, the Lions finished with four hits, three of which came in the top of the fourth inning when Brownwood tallied its only run.
Day singled to start the inning and was run for by Carson McAnally, then Cloy was hit by a pitch and Kory Owen delivered a two-out single to load the bases. Carlton then came through with an infield single to third base to plate McAnally with the only run.
Elijah Salazar picked up Brownwood’s other hit with a second-inning single.
The Lions (3-5) will face defending Region I-3A champion and 16th-ranked Lubbock Cooper, which returns four starters from last year’s 31-11 squad, at 5:30 p.m. today.