ABILENE — The No. 9 Brownwood Lady Lions will head into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed from 5-4A, and in the midst of a 12-inning scoreless drought after Friday’s 1-0 loss to Abilene Wylie in a battle of district co-champions.
Half of the Lady Lions’ (24-4) losses have come at the hands of Wylie (22-7), both by one run.
Defending Region I-4A champion Brownwood tallied five hits off Wylie’s Kamwren Jackson, but left seven base runners stranded. Since scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Snyder, the Lady Lions have yet to scratch across another run.
Wylie’s run was unearned and scored in the bottom of the fourth inning after Brownwood’s only error. Bre Parks was hit by a pitch to start the frame, then Bailey Buck reached on a two-base error. Hailey Russell followed with an RBI ground out that plated Parks.
Chyanne Ellett tossed a two-hitter for the Lady Lions with eight strikeouts and one hit batter.
Ellett also led the Brownwood offense with a pair of singles while Ayanna Clemons, Annie Gillispie and Emily Perez also singled.
Brownwood’s best chance to score was the top of the first inning as Gillispie singled with one out, Victoria Sanchez drew one of two walks off Jackson and Perez reached on a two-out infield single. The Lady Lions, however, left the bases loaded.
Ellett singled in the third and Kayla McFarden walked in the fourth inning, but neither runner passed first base.
In the fifth, Clemons singled with one out and Ellett added a two-out base hit, but again the Lady Lions were denied.
The Lady Lions will face Burkburnett in the bi-district round of the playoffs next weekend. Game 1 of the series will be at 8 p.m. Friday at Graford, with Games 2 and 3, if needed, to follow at 6 p.m. Saturday at the same location.