The Brownwood Lions led defending state champion Abilene Wylie for half the game in their first District 5-4A baseball encounter, but in the rematch the No. 2 Bulldogs wasted little time securing the momentum en route to a 13-0 victory.
Brownwood (12-10, 3-4) surrendered two runs in the first inning, one in the second and nine in the third Friday night as Wylie (23-1, 7-0) dominated throughout.
The Lions finished with just two hits off the Wylie pitching combination of Conner Carlton and Sam King, who struck out eight and walked four. Cain Kittrell singled in the first inning and later drew a walk, while Harley Price added a base hit in the fifth inning. Blaine Hughes, Hunter Leonard and Hayden Donahoo drew free passes.
The best chance for Brownwood to scratch across a run came during its final at-bat in the fifth inning. Price led off with a single, Donahoo walked and both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Price was then retired at home when Kittrell reached on a fielder’s choice and Grant Fanara lined out to end the contest.
On the mound, Lion pitchers Grayson Swanzy, Hughes, Fanara and Donahoo combined to yield 13 earned runs on 10 hits with seven walks and a pair of strikeouts.
For Wylie, Sam King went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Carlton was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Caleb Munton finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs and Zach Smith, Bryce Gist, Brady Horn and Gatlin Martin each contributed one hit and one RBI.
The Lions wrap up the regular season at Sweetwater (9-16, 3-4) Tuesday night, where a win would secure a playoff berth. Snyder (11-12, 3-5) and Big Spring (13-13, 2-5) are still alive in the playoff picture as well. Regardless of Brownwood’s result in Sweetwater, the Lions would clinch a playoff berth if Big Spring loses to Abilene Wylie Tuesday.