BIG SPRING — Rylan Reagan belted a two-run home run in the top of the third inning, but the Brownwood Lions produced little else offensively as they suffered a 5-2 loss to the Big Spring Steers to start the second half of District 5-4A baseball action.
Brownwood (11-9, 2-3) slipped into a three-way tie with Sweetwater and Snyder for second place in the district standings, just a half-game ahead of Big Spring (12-13, 2-4), which revived its playoff hopes with the victory.
The Lions left five runners stranded and had two eliminated on the base paths in the first two innings alone. Still, Reagan’s blast — which followed a Grant Fanara single — gave Brownwood a thin cushion.
Big Spring, however, pulled even with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, then tallied three in the sixth to surge in front.
The Lions finished with seven hits — two each by Cain Kittrell and Grayson Swanzy and one apiece from Gavon Clemons, Fanara and Reagan.
On the mound, Fanara got the start and pitched five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Hayden Donahoo pitched the last inning and yielded three runs on two hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts.
Brownwood will attempt to bounce back at 7 p.m. Tuesday when its hosts Snyder.