ALVARADO — In a wild, back-and-forth encounter, the Brownwood Lions extended their win streak to three games with a 10-9 extra-inning road victory over the Alvarado Indians Tuesday night.
Down 7-5 heading to the top of the seventh and final inning, the Lions scored twice in the frame to force extra innings. Brownwood (6-4) then tacked on three more runs in the top of the eighth inning before fighting off a feverish rally in the bottom of the inning to secure the victory.
In the eighth, Grayson Swanzy walked with two outs, then Gavon Clemons — who had belted two home runs already — was intentionally walked to prolong the inning. Rylan Reagan followed with the go-ahead RBI double to left field that plated Swanzy. Hayden Donahoo then walked and Jakob Dorsett drew a free pass to force home Clemons with the ninth run. Carlos Benites then reached on an error that allowed Reagan to score what would be the decisive run before Donahoo was tagged out to end the frame.
Alvarado’s (5-3) half of the eighth featured a lead single by Justin Dixson, then a one-out error followed by an RBI single from Zach Brimingham that trimmed the deficit 10-8. With two outs, two more walks forced in the ninth run, and the Lions remained in a bases-loaded situation. With the potential winning run at second base, Reagan stepped to the mound and in a 10-pitch at-bat, retired Nic Woods on a strikeout looking to end the game.
Swanzy picked up the win in relief, allowing five runs — three earned — on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 2.2 innings. Caleb Hernandez got the start and worked five innings, surrendering four runs — two earned — on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
Trailing 7-5 in the top of the seventh, Swanzy led off with a walk, then Clemons followed with a game-tying two-run home run to left field.
Through four innings Brownwood trailed 1-0 and had not tallied a hit, but the Lions seized a 5-1 advantage in the top of the fourth. Benites walked, Damion Jones was plunked by a pitch and Reece Rodgers walked to load the sacks. Cain Kittrell followed with a grand slam to left field to push the Lions in front, 4-1. Then, after the first out of the inning was recorded, Clemons launched the first of his two home runs to left field.
Alvarado closed the gap to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth and grabbed a 7-5 advantage in the sixth.
The Lions finished with five hits — three homers and two doubles — while Alvarado dished out nine walks and committed three errors.
Brownwood is scheduled to compete in the Lampasas tournament Friday and Saturday.