Bulletin Staff Report
KELLER — The Brownwood Lions have their backs to the wall, needing two wins today to extend their season after suffering a 12-0, five-inning loss to the Waxahachie Indians in Game 1 of their Region II-4A bi-district baseball playoff series at Keller Central High School Thursday night.
Game 2 is slated to begin at 5 p.m. today at Keller Central High School and Game 3, if needed, will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2.
Playing in their first postseason game since 1999, the District 16-4A second-seeded Lions (16-11) were limited to two hits by the Indians’ pitching combination of Colton Cain and Ryan Prokof.
Waxahachie (21-8), the third seed from District 15-4A, ripped 11 hits off Brownwood’s pitching duo of Shelby Miller and Garrett Goodwin. Five of the Indians’ hits went for extra bases — three doubles, a triple and one home run.
Four Indians finished with two hits apiece — Chase Morgan, Derek Junkin, Matt Munday and Cain. Munday and Cain combined for seven RBIs for Waxahachie, which entered the series with a team batting average of .414.
Miller doubled with two outs in the fourth inning for the Lions’ initial hit of the night. He was also hit by a pitch to start the second.
Goodwin singled to leadoff the fifth to account for Brownwood’s other hit.
Cain (6-1) worked the first four innings and allowed one hit while striking out five Lions.
After a scoreless first two innings, Waxahachie put four runs on the board — but only two earned — in the top of the third inning.
Chris Deleon reached on a one-out single to right-center field, then Boomer Collins followed with an RBI triple to the gap in right-center to produce the first run of the game.
Munday, who entered the game with a .667 batting average, then picked up his first RBI on a ball that fell behind left fielder Jacob Allen after he lost it in the lights.
Brownwood appeared as if it would get out of the inning allowing just two runs, but Kyle Woods’ two-out fly ball to center field was dropped by Jason Maldonado, allowing Munday and Drew Harrison, who was hit by a pitch, to score.
The Indians increased their lead to 6-0 with two outs in the top of the fourth as Munday doubled home Morgan and Junkin — who recorded back-to-back singles to start the inning.
Munday was the last batter for Miller (7-5), who gave up six runs — four earned — on seven hits with four strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter in 3.2 innings.
Goodwin came on in relief and was tagged for six runs on four hits in the final 1.1 innings.
Casey Payne’s two-run home run off of Goodwin ignited the Waxahachie offense during its six-run top of the fifth inning. Woods, who walked prior to Payne’s at-bat, also scored on the Indians’ 18th homer of the year.
Munday added his final RBI on a bases-loaded walk, while Cain ripped a three-RBI double down the right field line to cap the scoring.