On the second day of the Bluebonnet Classic at Morris Southall Field, the Brownwood Lions bounced back from an opening loss to the Burkburnett Bulldogs with a walk-off victory over the Whitney Wildcats Friday night.
The Lions tallied a 7-6 win over Whitney, their second over the Wildcats in as many days, after falling to Burkburnett, 6-2.
Knotted at 4 headed to the fifth inning of the nightcap, Whitney scored twice in the top of the inning as the time limited passed in the two-hour affair.
Facing a 6-4 deficit and one final trip to the plate, the Lions — who defeated Whitney, 5-3, on Thursday — clawed their back in the bottom of the fifth. Rylan Reagan led off with a double to left field, then Hayden Donahoo and Jakob Dorsett walked to load the bases with no outs. Carlos Benites then stepped to the plate and lashed a three-RBI triple to left field, scoring all three runners on base to push the Lions to victory.
Brownwood jumped in front 2-0 in the bottom of the first, fell behind 3-2 in the top the second, regained a 4-3 lead in the bottom half of the frame, only to witness Whitney draw even at 4 in the top of the third.
The Lions' first inning featured an RBI single by Gavon Clemons that knocked in leadoff batter Cain Kittrell, who singled to left. Reagan followed with an RBI double to center that drove home Clemons.
Down 3-2 heading to the bottom of the second, Kittrell's RBI single to center plated Benites, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning, with the tying run. Later in the inning, Reece Rodgers, who reached on a line drive single to center, came home on an error to put the Lions back in front.
Brownwood finished with eight hits — two each by Kittrell, Reagan and Rodgers and one apiece by Clemons and Benites.
On the mound, Dorsett worked the first 4.1 innings and yielded six runs — two earned — on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Grayson Swanzy recorded the final two outs, striking out one and winding up with the victory.
In Friday's loss, Burkburnett snapped a 1-all tie with three runs in the top of the third inning and added two more in the fifth. Brownwood generated solo runs in the first and fifth, and tallied just five hits — two by Swanzy and one each by Kittrell, Clemons and Donahoo.
On the mound, Clemons went the distance for the Lions, working six innings and surrendering six runs — all unearned as the Lions committed five errors — on five hits with eight strikeouts and five walks.
Brownwood's first run was the result of a Kitrrell home run to center field in the Lions' first at-bat of the game. The last run was scored by Rodgers, who led off the fifth with a walk, on a passed ball during Reagan's at-bat.
The Lions (4-4) conclude tournament action at 2 p.m. Saturday in a rematch with Breckenridge, which knocked off Brownwood, 13-9, Thursday night.