GRANDVIEW — With a game that could determine their postseason future scheduled for Tuesday night at Morris Southall Field, the Brownwood Lions hit the road Saturday afternoon in non-district action with hopes of re-establishing some positive momentum.
Instead, the Lions experienced their fifth consecutive defeat, falling to the District 11-3A front-running Grandview Zebras, 14-4.
Tied at 4 heading to the bottom of the fifth inning, Grandview (17-3) — which won 30 games a year ago and advanced to the regional finals — tallied nine runs to change the entire complexion of the contest.
Facing a nine-run hole, the Lions were retired in order in the top of the sixth inning, then yielded another run in the bottom of the inning as the 10-run mercy rule came into play.
Brownwood jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Grandview wasted no time drawing even in the bottom half of the frame.
The Lions surged back front, 3-2, in the top of the second as Kory Owen led off with a double and scored on a one-out RBI single by Carson Cloy.
Grandview, however, pulled even again at 3 in the bottom of the second and grabbed its first lead, 4-3, in the bottom of the third.
The Lions rebounded to deadlock the score at 4 in the top of fifth as Trent Carlton walked and Tristan Chesser singled to shallow right field ahead of an RBI single down the third base line by Rawlings Rios.
In Grandview’s half of the fifth, however, four runs crossed the plate before the Lions were able to record the first out. Leading 8-4, the Zebras tacked on five more runs before Brownwood managed to escape the frame.
The Lions (10-13, 2-5) are tied with Graham (10-11, 2-5) for fourth place in the District 6-4A standings with one game to go. Stephenville (9-10, 3-4) and Mineral Wells (9-10, 3-4) are tied for second, one game ahead of the Lions and Steers. Brownwood hosts Stephenville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Mineral Wells ventures to Graham.