The Brownwood Lions’ TTAB Senior Midget state tournament run reached its conclusion Wednesday as the Whitehouse Braves ousted the host team, 16-2.
Brownwood posted a 1-2 record in tournament play and was one of the final eight squads remaining in the 13-team field when Wednesday’s action started
Whitehouse pounced on the Lions quickly and never let up, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning, six runs in the second, one in the third and five in the fourth.
Brownwood scored its runs in the bottom of the first and third innings.
The Braves recorded 13 hits off the Lions pitching combination of Mason Prosise, Dylan Person, Bradley Durand and Seth Owen.
Grant Herrington was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Whitehouse offense. Other key contributors in the Braves’ win were Grant Burrage (2-for-3, 2 RBIs, four runs), Jordan Hortman (2-for-4, 2 RBIs, three runs) and Bryce Moss (1-for-3, 3 RBIs, two runs).
Jordan Mims and Nicholas Costlow also tallied a hit and an RBI apiece.
Burrage pitched a complete game for Whitehouse, striking out nine Lions, walking five and allowing just two hits — a first inning infield single by Nicolas Pfoh and a third inning single by Prosise.
Whitehouse led 4-0 before the Lions stepped to the plate as Moss recorded a two-run double in the first inning, while Costlow and Herrington added RBI singles.
Brownwood answered with a single run in the bottom of the first as Justin Gomez led off with a walk, then scored on Prosise’s RBI groundout to short.
Whitehouse tacked on six more runs in the second inning to build a 10-1 cushion.
Herrington had the big hit of the inning with a bases-loaded double, which drove in three runs. Burrage and Kyle Webb chipped in RBI singles as well.
Whitehouse upped its lead to double figures, 11-1, in the third inning as Burrage doubled, then scored on Herrington’s two-out RBI single.
Brownwood closed the gap to 11-2 in the bottom of the third as Prosise singled with one out and later scored following an errant throw back to the pitcher.
The Braves closed out their run-rule victory with five runs in the fourth inning. Hortman tallied a two-RBI single, Moss had an RBI groundout and Burrage plated a run on an RBI fielder’s choice.
TTAB Freshman Open-Base State Tournament
WHITEHOUSE — The District 12 champion Brownwood Rangers added two more victories to their tally Tuesday as they continued their quest for a state championship.
The Rangers defeated the Palmer Raiders, 14-4, then edged the Mabank Red Hawks, 5-4, to remain in the winners’ bracket. Brownwood and the Bullard Bullets were set to square off at 8 p.m. Wednesday with the winner advancing to tonight’s 6 p.m. state championship game.
In Brownwood’s win over Palmer, Abel Jimenez and T.J. Esparza each ripped two-run, over-the-fence home runs to pace the offense. Jimenez’s drive occurred in the first inning while Esparza connected in the fourth.
On the mound, Jimenez worked the first two innings, while Esparza and Andrew Arriaga tossed one inning of relief apiece. The Rangers’ pitchers allowed a total of two hits.
Brownwood was forced to rally from a four-run deficit against Mabank, and several Rangers sparked the comeback. Cameron Deal recorded two singles and an RBI, Trenton Carlton had a single and an RBI, Arriaga went 2-for-3, Jimenez belted a double and Dylan Lewis scored a run.
Jimenez went the distance on the rubber, striking out six and walking one in six innings of work.
TTAB Junior Midget State Tournament
ATHENS — After drawing a first-round bye, the District 5 champion Brownwood Astros opened state tournament play with a 9-7 victory over the Athens Cardinals here Tuesday night.
The victory kept the Astros in the winners’ bracket, where they were scheduled to challenge the Valley Mills Red Raiders at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The District 5 runner-up Brownwood Cardinals also received a first-round bye, but dropped their tournament opener, 9-8, to Riesel Tuesday. The Cardinals were then eliminated by West on Wednesday afternoon, suffering their second straight loss in the tournament.