SWEETWATER — The Brownwood Lions suffered their second consecutive District 5-4A baseball loss, falling from the top spot in the league standings to third place during their skid. Following Thursday's 11-3 home defeat at the hands of two-time defending state champion Abilene Wylie, the Lions dropped a 10-0, six-inning decision at Sweetwater Tuesday.
The Lions (14-7, 2-2) were limited to four hits by Sweetwater (10-9, 2-1) pitcher Tony Heredia — a double by Gavon Clemons and singles by Hayden Donahoo, Jakob Dorsett and Grayson Swanzy. Heredia also walked a pair — Cain Kittrell and Daimon Jones — and the Mustangs committed two errors in the field.
Brownwood pitchers Caleb Hernandez, Clemons and Rylan Reagan combined to yield eight earned runs on nine hits and 10 walks, with just three strikeouts. Defensively, the Lions committed four errors.
Sweetwater scored in five of six innings, jumping out to a 3-0 advantage in the bottom of the first. The Mustangs tacked on single runs in the second and third, two more in the fourth and pushed six runs across the plate in the bottom of the sixth to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.
The Lions are slated to host the Ranger College JV at 5 p.m. Friday and Lampasas at 7 p.m. Tuesday before returning to District 5-4A action on April 13 at home against Big Spring.