WEATHERFORD — The Brownwood Lions opened the 2017 baseball campaign with a split on the first day of the Weatherford tournament.
The Lions knocked off Azle, 5-4, in Thursday's opener before dropping a 12-7 decision to Abilene High.
Against Azle, the Lions broke a 3-all tie with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, then held off a rally in the bottom of the inning.
Brownwood collected nine hits, led by two each from Grant Fanara, Rylan Reagan and Colby Coppic — who drove in a pair of runs. Hunter Leonard added two RBIs with one hit, while Cain Kittrell and Caleb Hernandez each added a single and Reagan drove in a run with a double.
Dylan Agan worked 4.1 innings on the mound, allowing two earned runs on a pair of hits with seven walks and six strikeouts. Hernandez pitched 1.2 innings of relief, yielding one earned run on four hits with a pair of strikeouts.
In the loss to Abilene High, the Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead but yielded seven runs in the top of the fourth inning. Brownwood closed the gap to 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth, but Abilene tacked on three more runs in the sixth.
Brownwood generated nine hits including two each by Kittrell, Gavin Clemons and Blaine Hughes, along with one apiece from Hayden Donahoo, Grayson Swanzy and Fanara — who drove in three runs. Kittrell and Hughes also picked up RBIs.
Reagan pitched 3.2 innings and gave up seven runs — four earned — on four hits with five strikeouts and five walks. Justin Buchanan worked 3.1 innings and surrendered five runs — all unearned — on four hits with three walks and a strikeout.
Defensively, the Lions committed five errors.
The Lions (1-1) are scheduled to face tournament host Weatherford at noon and Ennis at 3 p.m. today.