The Brownwood Lions dropped their fourth game in the last five outings, as the Big Spring Steers avenged an earlier District 5-4A baseball loss by claiming their first league win of the season, 13-6, Friday night at Morris Southall Field.
Big Spring (13-12, 1-5), which lost 11-5 in eight innings at home to Brownwood on March 23, scored all 13 of its runs before the Lions (15-9, 2-3) scratched across their six runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Brownwood second-year head coach Blandon Hancock said Tuesday after an 8-6 non-district loss to Lampasas, “the things we can fix are things we should have fixed at the first of the year. There’s a lot of walks, a lot of errors, it’s kind of been a pattern all year and hitting’s bailed us out, but hitting’s not bailing us out right now.”
The pattern continued against Big Spring as the Lions finished with seven errors while walking six batters, as the hole was too deep for Brownwood when the offense finally came to life in its last trip to the plate.
Leading 1-0 after an inning, Big Spring stretched the lead to 5-0 in the second, scoring four runs with two outs. The Steers tacked on another run in the fourth, then scored seven more during the sixth and seventh innings.
Brownwood's six-run seventh featured Rylan Reagan reaching on an error to start the frame, then Hayden Donahoo singled with one out. Carlos Benites was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Rowdee Gregory reached on an error that allowed Reagan to score the first run.
A.J. McCarty reached on another Big Spring miscue, as Donahoo and Benites came home to trim to the deficit to 13-3. With two outs, Grayson Swanzy singled home Gregory, then Blaize Espinoza knocked in McCarty with a base hit. Swanzy added the final run for the Lions, scoring on a passed ball.
The Lions finished with five hits — two by Swanzy and one each by Reece Rodgers, Donahoo and Espinoza.
On the mound, Reagan took the loss as he allowed nine runs — none earned — on six hits with five walks and a strikeout over 5.1 innings. Mason Ryden worked 1.2 innings and gave up four runs — three earned — on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
The Lions, who remained in third place in the District 5-4A standings despite the loss, visit fourth-place Snyder (9-15, 2-4) at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Brownwood won the first meeting, 13-3, at Morris Southall Field on March 27.