ROBINSON — Perhaps the turning point in the Brownwood Lions’ baseball season according Friday night.
Facing defending Region I-3A champion and 16th-ranked Lubbock Cooper, the Lions chalked up a 3-2, eight-inning victory — their most impressive of the season under new head coach Herb Rios.
Knotted at 2 at the end of regulation, the Lions held Lubbock Cooper off the scoreboard in the top of the eighth.
In the bottom of the eighth, Carson McAnally drew a leadoff walk and was then sacrificed to second base by Seth Owen. Cojo Guidry followed with a single to center field and McAnally beat the throw home to complete the win.
Brownwood grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth as Bradly Durand’s two-RBI single into left field plated Guidry, who walked, and Tyler Jackson, running for Hayden Day who reached on a fielder’s choice.
Lubbock Cooper answered with its two runs in the top of the fifth, but could muster no more against Owen, the Lions’ ace pitcher who worked all eight innings.
The Lions (4-5) will face either West or Corsicana at 12:30 p.m. today in their first of two games.