LAMPASAS — Neither a sore hip, nor the Lampasas Badgers, could derail Scott Kinzler, who hurled a no-hitter Friday night as the Brownwood Lions chalked up a 5-0 District 8-3A road victory.
Kinzler continued his dominant senior season by striking out 15 batters and surrendered just one walk. Another Lampasas base runner reached via error.
“This was his first Friday start and Scott came out on the post and got 15 strikeouts, only one walk, and we were solid in the field with the other outs,” said Lions head coach Blake Sanford. “I was really proud of his effort.”
Kinzler, who mentioned he was battling some discomfort in his hip Friday, and Seth Owen have flip-flopped days on the mound in the second half of district.
Offensively, the second-place Lions (15-9, 5-2) rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to district leader Liberty Hill by scoring twice in the first inning, three times in the fourth and collecting seven hits.
Owen and Brad Durand recorded two hits followed by one each from Bryant McDaniel, Justin Osteen and Trent Carlton.
During the two-run top of the first, Owen singled and Cojo Guidry reached on an error. Osteen followed with an RBI single to drive in the first run, while Carlton reached on an error to plate the second run.
In the three-run fifth, Durand singled and Emilio Salazar walked in front of a sacrifice bunt by Austin Chick. McDaniel followed with a two-RBI single, then Owen reached on an error that allowed McDaniel to come home.
The Lions will host Gatesville in their final home game of the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Brownwood closes the regular season at Llano Friday and at Burnet on April 26.