LAMPASAS — For the ninth consecutive season, the Brownwood Lady Lions softball program will be competing in the postseason thanks to Friday night’s 5-0 playoff-clinching victory at Lampasas.

Sydney Laws tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts, while the Lady Lions struck for four runs in the third inning to rebound from Tuesday’s loss to No. 2 Liberty Hill.

“I’m pleased we got the win,” said Lady Lions head coach Amanda Sheffield. “I thought we did a good job and were pretty focused tonight.”

Brownwood (12-11-1, 5-3) was aided by a pair of errors in the third inning en route to grabbing the lead. Halie Hipsher reached base on a misplayed pop fly, then Cherita George followed with an RBI triple. Laws then singled home George, while Shelbi Winstead later reached on an error which allowed Laws to cross the plate.

The Lady Lions tacked on a final run in the top of the sixth inning as Tori Burkett singled home Alley Jowers.

Brownwood finished with 13 base hits, but left 14 runners stranded on base.

“Their pitcher threw us off a little,” Sheffield said. “We didn’t face her last time and she was really slow. There were a couple of times where we had the bases loaded and couldn’t get the ball to go through for us, but sometimes that’s how it goes.”

Laws’ bid for a no-hitter was broken up in the bottom of the sixth inning. 

“Sydney did a great job,” Sheffield said. “She really showed up tonight and they had a really difficult time hitting her.” 

The Lady Lions will conclude the home portion of their schedule at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they face second-place Gatesville. Brownwood lost the first meeting at Gatesville, 10-9, on a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.