ABILENE — The Brownwood Lions owned the advantage over the No. 2 Abilene Wylie Bulldogs through 3 ½ innings, but the defending state champions lived up to their ranking by tallying 12 runs in their final three trips to the plate to a post a 12-2 District 5-4A victory Tuesday.
Coming off a 6-5 walk-off loss to Snyder in which the Lions (10-8, 1-2) squandered a four-run lead, Brownwood jumped in front, 2-0, in the top of the first inning on the seventh home run of the season by Hunter Leonard.
Grant Fanara walked with one out against Wylie (19-1, 3-0) starting pitcher Hutton Frazier, then Leonard followed with a two-run opposite field shot over the right field fence.
The Lions mustered just three hits the remainder of the contest — singles by Harley Price and Grayson Swanzy in the second inning and a Blaine Hughes leadoff single in the third.
Brownwood starting pitcher Rylan Reagan limited the Bulldogs to one run on two hits through three innings, but was roughed up in the fourth inning as Wylie put six runs on the board to grab a 7-2 advantage.
Reagan worked 4.1 innings and yielded seven runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Caleb Hernandez, Swanzy and Hughes combined to pitch the last inning-plus and gave up five runs on four hits with four walks.
Tyler Henson finished 3-for-4 with two triples, a double and three RBIs to pace the Wylie offense, while Bryce Gist went 2-for-4 with a grand slam. Sam King added two hits and a pair of RBIs while Zach Smith was 1-for-5 with two RBIs.
The Lions will attempt to snap a two-game at 7 p.m. Friday when they host Sweetwater (7-14, 1-2).