GODLEY — The Brownwood Lions witnessed a five-run lead evaporate, but still managed to leave Godley with a 6-5 victory and the top spot in the District 7-4A standings at the midway point of the league race.
Knotted at 5 in the top of the fifth inning, Reece Rodgers led off with a single and then stole third base ahead of a base hit by Gavon Clemons. With runners on the corners and no outs, Hunter Leonard’s RBI sacrifice fly plated Rodgers with the last run the Lions (11-8, 4-0) — winners of five in a row — required.
Clemons then came on in relief of starting pitcher Jakob Dorsett and tossed three innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.
Dorsett started and carried a one-hitter into the bottom of the fourth inning, where Godley (8-9, 1-3) struck for five runs with two outs to knot the score.
With one out, Victor Molina and Blake Rodgers singled and Landry McKitttrick walked to load the bases. Then, with two down, Easton James was able to triple down to right field line to trim Brownwood’s lead to 5-3. Following a walk to Jayden Stevens, Chase Lummus then delivered a two-RBI single to knot the score.
The Lions were able to establish their five-run cushion behind a pair of two-run innings in the second and third and another run in the fourth.
In the second, Leonard led off with a double and Grayson Swanzy followed with an infield single. With one out, Kris Hobbs’ RBI sacrifice fly drove home Leonard, while Swanzy scored when C.J. Hanley reached on a two-out error.
Brownwood’s third inning featured a Clemons RBI single to right field that knocked in Khyren Deal, running for Cain Kittrell who reached on an error. Leonard’s RBI ground out later brought home Rodgers, who reached on an infield single.
The lead peaked at five runs in the top of the fourth as Hanley’s RBI infield single scored A.J. McCarty, who walked to start the frame and later stole second base.
Brownwood finished with 11 hits — three each by Clemons and Rodgers, along with one apiece from Kittrell, Leonard, Swanzy, McCarty and Hanley.
The Lions were originally slated to face No. 1 Argyle in Weatherford Friday night, but that game has been cancelled.
Brownwood returns to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when it visits Stephenville (16-5, 2-2) in the first game of the second half of district action.