BRIDGEPORT — Knotted at 5 heading to the top of the seventh inning, the Brownwood Lions tallied three runs en route to a 8-6 victory over the Bridgeport Bulls Friday afternoon — the ninth win in a row for head coach Blandon Hancock's squad.
The Lions (12-4) built a 5-2 lead early before Bridgeport (6-8) chipped away and eventually evened the score in the bottom of the sixth.
Then, in the top of the seventh, Grayson Swanzy led off with a single to right field, Hunter Leonard followed with an infield hit to shortstop and Gavon Clemons unloaded the bases with a three-run blast over the left field wall — his second homer of the game.
Bridgeport scored a run on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh, but Swanzy retired the final batter on a ground out to second base — leaving two runners stranded — as the Lions pulled off another victory.
Hayden Donahoo started on the mound and worked five innings, allowing four runs — three earned — on eight hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Swanzy tossed the final two innings and yielded two runs — one earned — on one hit with three walks and one strikeout.
At the plate, the Lions' eight-hit attack was sparked by Clemons' three hits and five RBIs. Swanzy added a couple of hits while Leonard, Donahoo and Reece Rodgers each contributed one.
The Lions jumped in front 2-0 in the top of the first as Cain Kittrell led off with a walk and was retired on Swanzy's fielder's choice, but Clemons followed with a two-out, two-run round trip swing.
After Bridgeport drew even at 2 in the bottom of the second, the Lions struck for three runs in the top of the third. Kittrell and Leonard both walked, then Clemons singled to load the bases with one out. Kittrell later scored on an error, while Leonard came home on Rylan Reagan's RBI sacrifice fly to center field. Another error in the frame allowed Clemons to race home.
The Lions will vie for a 10th consecutive victory Tuesday as they tangle with Iowa Park in Mineral Wells in the non-district finale. Brownwood is slated to visit Big Spring Friday in the District 5-4A baseball opener.