SNYDER — The Brownwood Lions snapped a three-game District 5-4A losing streak and completed a season sweep of the Snyder Tigers, 10-7, Tuesday night to greatly improve their chances of reaching the playoffs.
The Lions (16-9, 3-3) grabbed a stranglehold on third place in the 5-4A standings, leading fourth-place Snyder (9-16, 2-5) by 1.5 games and fifth-place Big Spring (13-14, 1-5) by two games with two left to play for Brownwood.
Brownwood trailed Snyder 3-0 after one inning Tuesday, but scored five runs in the top of the second as part of a string of eight consecutive runs.
In the second, Isyah Campos’ two-RBI single scored Rylan Reagan and Hayden Donahoo with the first two runs, then Reece Rodgers followed with a go-ahead two-RBI triple that knocked in Campos and Rowdee Gregory. An error on the throw to third base also allowed Rodgers to come home with the fifth run.
The Lions stretched their lead to 7-3 in the third as Gavon Clemons stole third base, while an errant throw into the outfield — which also got past the left fielder — allowed both Clemons and Reagan to score.
Brownwood tacked on its eighth run in the fourth inning when Rodgers came home after an errant pickoff attempt of Cain Kittrell.
The Lions’ final two runs were the result of a Clemons RBI triple that plated Kittrell, while a wild pitch later permitted Clemons to cross the plate.
Brownwood led 10-4 as Snyder attempted to rally with three runs in its final two trips to the plate, but the comeback came up short.
Donahoo picked up the win on the mound for the Lions, while Grayson Swanzy came on in relief to finish the contest.
The Lions will visit district front-runner Abilene Wylie (18-2, 6-0) Friday, then close the regular season at home against Sweetwater on Tuesday, April 24.