LAMPASAS – Riding a five-game win streak into the Lampasas tournament, the Brownwood Lions were dealt three weekend losses as their record slipped back under the .500 mark.
The Lions fell by a 9-7 count to Troy and 10-0 to Clyde on Friday and followed with an 11-4 defeat at the hands of Little River-Academy Saturday morning.
In the loss to Troy, Brownwood (5-6) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but gave three runs back in the bottom of the frame. The Lions extended their advantage to 6-3 in the third, but Troy reeled off six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Brownwood mustered just one more run in the top of the fifth.
Mason Ryden worked the first 3.1 innings and allowed six earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts. C.J. Hanley gave up two runs on a pair of hits with one strikeout and one walk in 2/3 of an inning. Gavon Clemons also tossed 2/3 of an inning, recording one strikeout.
Offensively, Brownwood finished with eight hits – two each by Hanley and Clemons, who drove in three, and one apiece by Reece Rodgers, Cain Kittrell, Khyren Deal and Isyah Campos.
In the Lions’ four-run first inning, Rodgers and Hanley both singled then Kittrell walked to load the bases. Clemons then cleared the sacks with a three-RBI double to right field. Clemons later scored on a Troy error.
Brownwood made the score 6-3 in the third as Clemons, who singled with two outs, came home on a passed ball, while Deal, who reached on a single, scored following another Troy miscue in the field.
The Lions’ last run was the result of a Deal RBI sacrifice fly that scored Kittrell, who led off the fifth inning with a triple.
The Lions were one-hit in Friday’s 10-0 defeat at the hands of Clyde. Jacob Hataway, the No. 9 batter in the order, prevented a no-hitter with an infield single in the bottom of the third inning.
Clyde struck for four runs in the top of the first inning and five more in the second, and added its final run in the fourth.
Jakob Dorsett worked four innings and allowed 10 runs — four earned — on seven hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Hunter Day pitched an inning and faced four batters, walking one. The Lions also committed nine errors in the field.
On Saturday, Academy piled up seven runs in the top of the first inning, then added three more in the fourth and a final run in the fifth. Brownwood tallied a first-inning run and three more in the third, which trimmed the deficit to 7-4 at that point.
The Lions generated seven hits — three from Campos, two from Hanley and one each by Clemons and Day.
Hanley, Clemons and Day combined to yield seven earned runs on nine hits with eight walks and six strikeouts, while the Brownwood defense committed four errors.
Brownwood’s run in the first inning scored after Rodgers walked, moved to third base on an error and came home on Kittrell’s RBI ground out.
The three-run third inning featured a Hanley RBI single that plated Hataway, followed by a Clemons two-RBI double that knocked in Hanley and Kittrell.
The Lions’ spring break schedule features a 7 p.m. Tuesday tilt at Llano and a 2 p.m. Saturday contest at Pflugerville Connally.