ABILENE — The Brownwood Lions’ District 6-4A baseball slump reached three games Monday afternoon as No. 8 Abilene Wylie completed a league sweep with a 9-2 triumph.
Despite the loss, the Lions (10-11, 2-4) are still in firm control of their postseason destiny as they can lock up a playoff berth at 7:30 p.m. tonight when they welcome Graham to Morris Southall Field. Graham (8-11, 0-5) is winless in district action and suffered a 14-2 home loss to Brownwood on April 2.
Against Wylie (15-3, 6-0) Monday afternoon, the Lions were limited to four hits by the Bulldog pitching combination of Bryce Gist and J.T. Cary. Gist picked up the win, going 5.1 scoreless innings while allowing two hits, two walks and striking out eight.
The Lions avoided a shutout with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Graham Sharpe was hit by a pitch then Carson McAnally drew his second walk of the game. Carson Cloy followed with a two-RBI double to deep left field to plate both runners. The next two batters, however, struck out.
Cloy also got the start on the mound and worked 3.1 innings, giving up seven runs — four earned — on four hits with one strikeout and two walks. The Lion defense committed three errors.
Wylie scored two runs in the first as Lane Bourland singled, then Mack Muellar and Gist both walked. An RBI fielder’s choice by Riley Hedge drove in the first run, while Muellar scored on the back end of a double steal.
The Bulldogs put the game out of reach with five runs in the fourth.
Hedge singled, Matt Lovelace was hit by a pitch and Jaxon Money reached on an error to again load the bases. A two-RBI single to left by John Paul Topel stretched the lead to four runs while Money scored on a wild pitch ahead of an RBI double by Payton Stokes and an RBI single by Zach Smith.
Wylie also tacked on single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
For Brownwood, Kory Owen doubled while Pablo Salazar and Tristan Chesser added singles. McAnally, on two occasions, Chesser and Hayden Day drew walks for the Lions.