ABILENE — Falling behind the Abilene Wylie Lady Bulldogs in games earlier this season hadn’t kept the No. 5 Brownwood Lady Lions out of the win column, but their fortune changed Tuesday afternoon. Despite rallying from five runs down, the Lady Lions were unable to steal a victory as their 11-game win streak reached its conclusion with an 8-7 loss to District 5-4A rival Abilene Wylie Tuesday afternoon.
The loss by Brownwood (21-3, 4-1) created a tie atop the 5-4A standings with Wylie (18-7, 4-1) with three district games remaining.
After rallying from deficits in two previous victories over Wylie this season — 12-8 in non-district action and 5-2 in the 5-4A opener — Brownwood climbed out of a five-run hole in the top of the fifth inning of Tuesday’s outing. However, the Lady Lions immediately surrendered the lead in the bottom of the fifth as Wylie chalked up two runs and held on for the victory.
“We started off a little slow and they outplayed us defensively and offensively at the beginning,” said Lady Lions head coach Jessica Lynn. “We came alive in one inning but I told the girls we have to have that multiple innings, it can’t just happen once.”
The Lady Lions finished with 15 hits — including three doubles and two triples — but left eight runners stranded on base.
“We just couldn’t get hits with runners in scoring position except for that one inning,” Lynn said. “Their pitcher (Kamwren Jackson) did a good job of keeping us off balance when we had runners on earlier in the game.”
Chyanne Ellett led Brownwood with three hits, while two each were contributed by Annie Gillispie, Victoria Sanchez, Kayla McFarden and Emily Perez — who tallied two RBIs. Alexis Larrea and Danyelle Gongora finished with one hit and one RBI apiece, Ashlynn Patteson and Ayanna Clemons also chipped in hits and Gillispie added an RBI.
In the circle, Ellett took the loss as she allowed six earned runs on 10 hits and four walks with five strikeouts.
“Wylie didn’t hit a lot of hard shots, Chyanne was jamming them but she provides a lot of the power,” Lynn said. “We just had a little bit of bad luck today on some of those.”
Down 6-1 heading to the fifth inning, the Lady Lions rallied with a six-spot to grab a 7-6 advantage.
Clemons led off the frame with a double against Jackson and scored on an RBI triple by Gillispie. Ellett then reached on a bunt single ahead of a two-RBI triple by Perez, which plated Gillispie and Ryleigh Dalleh, running for Ellett. Larrea then singled home Perez to close the gap to 6-5. McFarden singled ahead of a two-out RBI double by Gongora, which plated McFarden and knotted the score at 6. Gongora later scored the go-ahead run when Patteson reached on an error.
The lead didn’t last long for Brownwood, however, as in the bottom of the fifth Halle Aberila singled with one out and scored on Carrie Clark’s two-out RBI double to even the score. Kaylee Phillip then singled to shallow center field to plate Clark with the winning run.
Brownwood took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Perez singled home Gillispie, who reached on a one-out infield single.
Wylie responded with three runs in the bottom of the first, two more in the third and one in the fourth to build a 6-1 cushion
The Lady Lions will attempt to rebound at Sweetwater (13-8, 1-3) at 5 p.m. Friday.