CARROLLTON — The Brownwood Lions chalked up their second non-district win in as many days Saturday, rolling past the Carrollton Ranchview Wolves, 12-1.
Leading by two runs after five innings, the Lions (8-10, 0-3 in District 6-4A) put the game out of reach with a pair of runs in the sixth inning and seven more in the top of the seventh.
“We came out and struggled early against a slow, off speed pitcher but we kept competing and finally made some adjustments and had a big couple of big innings that made the difference,” said Lions head coach Herb Rios.
On the mound, Sergio Gutierrez worked the first six innings, allowing just one run, to notch the victory, while Caden Judkins pitched the seventh.
“We got some great, quality innings from Sergio and Judkins also came in and did a good job,” Rios said.
In front 3-1 in the top of the sixth, Graham Sharpe’s one-out single over the second baseman’s head triggered the Lions’ offensive onslaught. Mario Saldana then walked and Justin Buchanan was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Carson Cloy was also plunked, which allowed the fourth run to score, while Grant Fanara followed with an RBI infield single.
Leading 5-1 in the seventh, the Lions did all their damage with two outs. After Kory Owen reached on a bloop single and Hayden Donahoo walked, Buchanan singled to fill the sacks. Cloy followed with a bases-loaded walk that scored Owen, then Fanara singled home Donahoo and Buchanan to extend the lead to 8-1. Rawlings Rios walked to loaded the bases again and Tristan Chesser came through with a three-RBI triple to increase the advantage to 11-1. Chesser laster scored on a wild pitch to round out the scoring.
The Lions resume their District 6-4A schedule at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they host Stephenville in their final game of the first half of league action.
“The last two games have been a lot of fun and we’re going to try and use that as momentum going into Tuesday’s ball game,” said Rios, whose team also defeated Brady, 9-2, Friday night at Morris Southall Field.