The Brownwood Lions tallied the first three runs in Friday night’s playoff warm-up game, but the Class 3A No. 5 Wall Hawks rallied for a 10-7 victory at Morris Southall Field.
Wall (21-2) put five runs on the board in the in the top of the fourth inning to grab a 5-3 advantage, but the Lions (13-11) drew even at 6 in the bottom of the fifth. The Hawks responded with four more runs in the sixth, while Brownwood mustered just one additional run in the bottom of the sixth.
Rylan Reagan launched a two-run home run for the Lions to start the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, and finished with three RBIs. Cain Kittrell collected three of Brownwood’s seven hits, scored twice and drove in a run. Gavon Clemons doubled and tallied two RBIs while Grayson Swanzy and Grant Fanara each contributed a single and scored a combined three runs.
On the mound, Caleb Hernandez tossed the first three innings and yielded just three hits. Swanzy worked one-third of an inning and was charged for three runs following three walks. Hayden Donahoo worked 2.2 innings and surrendered six runs on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout, while Blaine Hughes pitched an inning and allowed one hit.
The Lions extended their lead to 3-0 in the third inning as Fanara reached on a one-out error that allowed Kittrell, who singled to right field to start the frame, to score.
Down 6-3 in bottom of the fifth inning, the Lions rallied as Reagan’s RBI sacrifice fly plated Kittrell, who doubled, while Clemons doubled home Swanzy, who was hit by a pitch, and Fanara, who singled.
Brownwood’s final run in the sixth was scored by Reece Rodgers on a passed ball after he draw a walk.
For Wall, Coleton Saverence was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Caleb Heuertz went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI and Brock Rosenquist was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ryan Gully, Tanner Seider and Dryden Virden also finished with one hit and one RBI, while Cade Kreig and Mitchell Horton also chipped in an RBI apiece.
On the mound, five Hawks combined to yield seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts.
The District 5-4A runner-up Lions, in their first postseason appearance since 2013, will face District 6-4A tri-champion Graham (17-11) in the bi-district round Friday and Saturday at Brock. Game times had not been finalized at press time.