ABILENE — Playing for the first time since opening day on Feb. 17, the Brownwood Lady Lions experienced their share of struggles at the Abilene Ice Breaker softball tournament over the weekend, winning just one of five games.
The lone win for the Lady Lions was the last of three games Friday, a 7-6 victory over Dallas Gateway Charter Academy.
Trailing 4-1 heading to the bottom of the third inning, the Lady Lions struck for four runs in the frame, then added two more insurance runs in the fourth. Gateway attempted to rally with two runs in its final at-bat before Brownwood locked up the victory.
The go-ahead third inning for Brownwood saw Auzzlynn Benedict reach on a one-out error then Lexie Castillo followed with a single and Cecilia Rodriguez drew a free pass to load the bases. Mackenzie Welch came through with an RBI single that plated Benedict, Katelyn Windham then singled home Castillo, and Chesney Covey's RBI fielder's choice brought in Rodriguez with the tying run. An RBI single by Ashlynn Patteson followed, scoring Welch with the fifth run.
The Lady Lions tacked on two more runs in the fourth as Annie-Klein Allgood began the inning with a solo home run, then Windham later reached on an RBI fielder's choice that plated Castillo, who earlier singled.
Brownwood notched 11 hits — three by Castillo, two apiece from Patteson and Welch and one each by Windham, Benedict, Allgood and Caitlyn Moody.
In the circle, Benedict tossed three innings and allowed four runs — one earned — on three hits. Allgood worked two innings and surrendered two runs — one earned — on one hit with a walk and a strikeout. The Lady Lion defense committed four errors.
Earlier Friday, the Lady Lions suffered a 10-4 loss to Abilene Wylie. Brownwood gave up two runs in the first inning, three in the second, two in the fifth and the final three in the sixth. The Lady Lions produced their first run in the fourth inning and added three more in the fifth.
Allgood doubled twice and drove in two runs to pace the Brownwood offense, while Windham finished with two hits — including a double — and knocked in a run. Patteson, Moody, and Aubrie Harris each singled.
In the circle, Allgood went the distance and yielded seven earned runs on 13 hits — including three home runs — with two strikeouts and a pair of walks. The Lady Lion defense committed a pair of errors.
Brownwood opened the tournament with a rematch of its season-opening 10-4 win over Jim Ned, but the Lady Indians earned a measure of revenge with a 5-4 victory.
Jim Ned scored three runs in the bottom of the first only for Brownwood to answer with two runs each in the second and third innings. But the Lady Indians earned the win in walk-off fashion with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Brownwood tallied three hits — a triple and double from Allgood and singles from Harris, Patteson, Moody and Welch.
In the circle, Allgood gave up five runs — two earned — on five hits with three strikeouts and four walks.
The Lady Lions' two-run second featured a leadoff triple by Allgood followed by an RBI single from Patteson, then Moody later singled home Castillo, who reached on an error.
Brownwood took the lead in the third inning as Welch led off with a single, Harris added a one-out base hit and Allgood came through with a two-RBI double.
Saturday's action began with a 10-0 loss against Clyde as Kaitlyn Turner tossed a no-hitter against the Lady Lions.
Allgood, meanwhile, gave up five earned runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts and a pair of walks. Brownwood's defense committed three errors.
Later Saturday, the Lady Lions were dealt a 21-0 defeat by Abilene High.
Brownwood surrendered 13 runs in the first inning, three in the second and five in third.
Allgood and Benedict yielded a total of 15 earned runs on 17 hits with three walks and one strikeout, while the Brownwood defense committed eight errors.
The Lady Lions tallied just four hits — a double by Rodriguez and singles by Patteson, Harris and Covey.
The Lady Lions (2-4) are back in action at Lampasas at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.