MINERAL WELLS — Four errors resulted in four unearned runs and the end of the Brownwood Lions’ three-game win streak as the Mineral Wells Rams chalked up a 6-3 victory in District 6-4A baseball action Friday night.
Mineral Wells (13-7, 4-1) swept the district series from the Lions (9-11, 1-4), who are tied for fourth place with Graham (10-11, 1-4) — a 5-2 loser to No. 1 Abilene Wylie (18-2, 5-0) Friday — in the district standings with three games left. Wylie visits Brownwood at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Rylan Reagan made his varsity debut and pitched 4.2 innings, yielding two earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three hit batters.
The Rams jumped in front 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning as Danny Hurtado and Braxton Allen reached on consecutive one-out errors. Tristan Perry followed with an RBI single to plate the first run then McCain Mason delivered a two-RBI double to cap the first-inning scoring.
The Lions got a run back in the top of the second as Hayden Day led off with a triple to deep center field, and courtesy-runner Justin Buchanan scored on a two-out wild pitch during Reagan’s at-bat.
Mineral Wells padded its cushion to 5-1 in the bottom of the second as Branson Sanchez and Chris Ortiz singled back-to-back with one out. Hurtado then came through with a two-RBI double to account for the only earned runs allowed by Reagan.
Brownwood crept within 5-2 in the top of third as Cole Fowler led off with a bloop single into right field and scored on a two-out passed ball during Grant Fanara’s plate appearance.
The Lions scratched across their final run in the top of the fifth as Reagan reached on a one-out, two-base error and Fowler immediately followed with an RBI single to right-center field.
Mineral Wells added an insurance run in the sixth as Hurtado, who was hit by a pitch, scored when Mason reached on a two-out throwing error. A bean ball and another Brownwood error loaded the bases before Carson Cloy came on in relief to notch the final out of the inning.
The Lions finished with just three hits — two singles by Fowler and Day’s triple — off Allen, who struck out 13 in 6.1 innings.