Brownwood continues tournament action Friday against Boerne and host Snyder
SNYDER — The Brownwood Lions are in the midst of their first win streak of the season thanks to Thursday's 3-0 triumph over the Big Spring Steers in the Snyder tournament opener for both teams.
The victory comes on the heels of Brownwood's 10-7 triumph over Life Oak Cliff this past Saturday at the Glen Rose tournament.
Kory Owen tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout for the Lions (3-5) as he chalked up 11 strikeouts, issued five walks and left nine base runners stranded.
Offensively, the Lions collected eight hits off Big Spring's (4-7) Anthony Godwin, including three doubles. Hayden Day and Mario Saldana contributed two hits each, including a double apiece, while Owen also doubled. Blaine Hughes, Rawlings Rios and Carson Cloy chipped in singles.
Brownwood took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning as Day led off with a double to right-center field. Following a sacrifice bunt by Cole Fowler, Justin Buchanan — running for Day — scored on a wild pitch during Owen's at-bat.
The Lions tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the fifth. Owen doubled to start the frame then Hughes reached on a bunt single. With runners on the corner, Tristan Chesser flew out and Scout Fragua, running for Owen, was retired on a throw from the outfield to the plate. With two down, Saldana doubled to move Hughes to third base. Cloy then came through with a fly ball that was misplayed, allowing Hughes and Saldana to score. Rios tacked on another hit before the inning ended.
Defensively, the Lions turned away a couple of major threats.
In the bottom of the second inning, Big Spring loaded the bases with no outs on a Bryson Burt walk and singles by Dylan Cantu and Elijah Munoz. Owen, however, responded with back-to-strikeouts and a grounder to first base to escape the jam.
Then in the fifth inning, with two outs, Owen walked three consecutive Big Spring batters — Mason Lane, Edward Aguilar and Burt — to again fill the sacks. On a passed ball, Lane broke for home, but Day was able to shuffle the ball to Owen at the plate in time for the tag to end the inning and keep the shutout intact.
Owen twice retired the side in order, in the fourth and seventh innings.
The Lions will face Boerne at 2 p.m. and Snyder at 7 p.m. Friday, then close tournament action against Idalou at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.