For the second time in District 8-3A baseball action, the Brownwood Lions were unable to hold a seventh-inning lead against Lampasas as the Badgers rallied for a 3-2 victory Friday night at Morris Southall Field.
The Lions (7-17, 1-6) were presented with an opportunity to potentially move into tie for fourth place in the district standings with a win, but instead dropped to the bottom of 8-3A with only three league games remaining.
Lampasas (4-14, 2-5) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to upend the Lions, 6-5, on March 21, and put two on the board in the top of the seventh Friday.
The Lions owned a 2-1 lead after six innings thanks to a two-RBI triple from Seth Owen in the bottom of the fifth. Owen also went the distance on the mound, allowing one earned run on two hits with 15 strikeouts and three walks.
In the top of the seventh inning, Levi Geagley drew a leadoff walk for the Badgers, then Hadley Berry reached on a dropped third strike. With runners on second and third and one out, a wild pitch, then a passed ball, allowed both Geagley and Berry to come home and stake the Badgers to a one-run lead. Berry scored the decisive run as he knocked the ball out of Owen’s glove with a slide at the plate.
Lampasas cut Brownwood’s lead to 2-1 in the top of the sixth as Ryan Baxter reached on a one-out fielder’s choice that erased Cutter Estep, who walked to start the inning. With two outs and Baxter on second, Layne Wiggins delivered an RBI single up the middle.
In the Brownwood fifth, Carson Cloy and Carson McAnally drew two-out walks off Baxter to extend the frame, which resulted in Owen coming through with the go-ahead hit.
The Lions finished with only four hits off Baxter with the other three by Cloy, Elijah Salazar and Tristan Chesser.