The Brownwood Lions posted a 3-2 record during the Bluebonnet Classic, winning their final two games in walk-off fashion.
In Saturday’s finale, the Lions avenged an earlier 13-9 loss to Breckenridge with a 6-4 extra-inning victory.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Gavon Clemons was intentionally walked to get to Rylan Reagan. Reagan made the Buckaroos pay for the decision, as he ripped a two-run home run to center field that propelled the Lions to victory.
Tied at 1 after one inning, the Lions took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the second only for Breckenridge to pull even in the fourth. Brownwood regained a 4-3 advantage in the sixth, but Breckenridge answered in the top of the seventh to force extra innings.
The Lions tallied seven hits — two each by Reagan and Damion Jones along with one apiece from Grayson Swanzy, Carlos Benites and Clemons.
On the mound, Hayden Donahoo worked 8.1 innings, giving up four runs — one earned — on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Swanzy recorded the final two outs, one via strikeout.
Down 1-0 heading to the bottom of the first, the Lions drew even when Reagan reached on a two-out error, allowing Clemons, who walked, to score.
Brownwood took a 3-1 lead in the second as Reece Rodgers and Cain Kittrell reached on consecutive errors as one scored Benites, who walked, and the other plated Rodgers.
The Lions’ fourth run in the sixth came on the third straight two-out single, as Reagan knocked in Swanzy but Clemons was thrown out at the plate.
Friday night, the Lions tallied a 7-6 win over Whitney, their second over the Wildcats in as many days.
Knotted at 4 headed to the fifth inning of the nightcap, Whitney scored twice in the top of the inning as the time limited passed in the two-hour affair.
Facing a 6-4 deficit and one final trip to the plate, the Lions — who defeated Whitney, 5-3, on Thursday — clawed their back in the bottom of the fifth. Reagan led off with a double to left field, then Donahoo and Jakob Dorsett walked to load the bases with no outs. Carlos Benites then stepped to the plate and lashed a three-RBI triple to left field, scoring all three runners on base to push the Lions to victory.
Brownwood jumped in front 2-0 in the bottom of the first, fell behind 3-2 in the top the second, regained a 4-3 lead in the bottom half of the frame, only to witness Whitney draw even at 4 in the top of the third.
The Lions’ first inning featured an RBI single by Clemons that knocked in Kittrell, who singled to left. Reagan followed with an RBI double to center that drove home Clemons.
Down 3-2 heading to the bottom of the second, Kittrell’s RBI single to center plated Benites, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning, with the tying run. Later in the inning, Rodgers, who reached on a line drive single to center, came home on an error to put the Lions back in front.
Brownwood finished with eight hits — two each by Kittrell, Reagan and Rodgers and one apiece by Clemons and Benites.
On the mound, Dorsett worked the first 4.1 innings and yielded six runs — two earned — on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Grayson Swanzy recorded the final two outs, striking out one and winding up with the victory.
The Lions fell to Burkburnett, 6-2, in their first outing Friday.
Burkburnett snapped a 1-all tie with three runs in the top of the third inning and added two more in the fifth. Brownwood generated solo runs in the first and fifth, and tallied just five hits — two by Swanzy and one each by Kittrell, Clemons and Donahoo.
On the mound, Clemons went the distance for the Lions, working six innings and surrendering six runs — all unearned as the Lions committed five errors — on five hits with eight strikeouts and five walks.
Brownwood’s first run was the result of a Kitrrell home run to center field in the Lions’ first at-bat of the game. The last run was scored by Rodgers, who led off the fifth with a walk, on a passed ball during Reagan’s at-bat.
The Lions (5-4) are back in action at 6 p.m. Tuesday when they visit Alvarado.