SWEETWATER — After scoring three runs in their final at-bat to upend Abilene Wylie Thursday, the No. 21 Brownwood Lady Lions gave up a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday to fall to the Sweetwater Lady Mustangs, 3-2.
Despite the loss, the Lady Lions (18-5-1, 4-2) remained in first place in the District 5-4A softball standings as Big Spring fell to Abilene Wylie, 3-1. Sweetwater (14-6, 3-2) moved within a game of first place with the win, while Big Spring (12-5, 3-3) and Abilene Wylie (10-11) are both just one game back of Brownwood.
With Brownwood leading 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Jazzy Villa singled up the middle off Chyanne Ellett — one of seven Sweetwater hits. Bri Moriel then followed with a double to center field to put runners on second and third with one out. Blake Bewely then grounded to Lady Lion shortstop Annie Gillispie, who held both base runners which resulted in a fielder's choice that loaded the bases.
During Sonora Medellin's at-bat, Villa scored on a wild pitch by Ellett — her second of the game — to even the score. Medellin then singled to center field to plate Moriel with the winning run.
Ellett worked 6.1 innings, striking out 13 batters and walking three to go along with the seven hits allowed.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth when Brownwood tallied its two runs. Ryleigh Dalleh reached on an infield single with one out, then Mya McDowell followed with an infield base hit of her own. With two down, Aubrie Harris delivered a two-RBI single to center field for a 2-0 Lady Lion advantage. Ashlynn Patteson followed with a single to left field, but Harris was thrown out at the plate trying to increase Brownwood's cushion.
Sweetwater answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth as Villa led off with a single to left field and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Moriel, who reached on an error later in the inning, was caught between third and home plate for the final out after leading too far off the bag.
Brownwood finished with eight hits — two each by Dalleh and McDowell and one apiece by Harris, Patteson, Ellett and Ayanna Clemons.
With a district bye Friday and testing Tuesday, the Lady Lions do not play again until April 13 at home against Big Spring — which knocked off Brownwood, 8-7 in eight innings, in the first meeting.