The Brownwood Lions’ bats came to life in the bottom of the fifth inning as a six-run surge kept them alive in the Texas Teen-Age Baseball Senior Midget state tournament thanks to an 8-3 victory over the Oak Cliff Rams.
Brownwood’s win sets up another elimination bracket game at noon today at the Camp Bowie Sports Complex as the Lions will tangle with the Whitehouse Braves.
If the Lions continue their winning ways, they will play again at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. tonight. A loss at any point would end Brownwood’s season.
With Brownwood and Oak Cliff even at 2-all through 4 1/2 innings, the Lions’ offense was finally able to piece together its first inning of more than two runs in the tournament.
Ten batters stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Lions built an 8-2 lead behind four hits, three walks and a pair of errors during the flame.
The inning began with consecutive walks by Jon Mikal Tobias and Justin Gomez. Tobias scored the go-ahead run on Gomez’s walk, as Gomez broke for second base and was thrown out, but that allowed Tobias to race home from third base.
Bradley Durand followed with an infield single and scored the Lions’ fourth run when Mason Prosise reached on an error.
Nicolas Pfoh then ripped an RBI triple to left field, which allowed Prosise to score Brownwood’s fifth run. An error on the play resulted in Pfoh coming home as well.
Dylan Person capped the scoring with a two-RBI single to left field that brought home Cole Pennington, who singled, and Seth Owen, who walked.
Oak Cliff’s Michael Myers walked with one out in the top of the sixth and scored when Jabari Adams reached on an error. But Durand — in relief of Person, who pitched the first 3.1 innings — struck out the final two Ram batters to seal the victory.
Oak Cliff scored first as three Lion errors in the top of the first inning eventually allowed Branlon Allen to cross the plate.
The Lions responded with a two-run bottom of the third as Gomez scored from third on the back end of a double steal with Durand.
Prosise then smashed an RBI double to left-center field that plated Durand and gave Brownwood a 2-1 lead.
But Oak Cliff rallied in the top of the fourth as Myers led off with a walk, then scored on a throwing error after he successfully stole third base.
TTAB Junior Boys State Tournament
LANCASTER — The Brownwood Rangers opened state tournament action with a 23-2 victory over the Palmer Heat here Monday night, while the Brownwood A’s suffered a 9-3 loss to the Fairfield Nationals.
In the Rangers’ victory, Tyler Harth, Josh Fleming and Taylor Chesser connected on two-run home runs in the second, third and fourth innings, respectively.
Chesser started on the mound and tossed the first two innings, Brian Evans hurled the next two and Tyler Edwards worked the fifth and final inning. The Ranger pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts, with Palmer’s other out being recorded on a ground ball.
The Rangers are scheduled to return to action at 8 p.m. tonight against either Dawson or Mildred.
The A’s were back in action Tuesday night as they were slated to face the same Palmer Heat team that lost to the Rangers Monday night.
TTAB Freshman Open-Base State Tournament
WHITEHOUSE — The Brownwood Rangers owned a spotless record through their first two games at the state tournament.
The Rangers picked up a 3-1 victory over the Chandler Bulldogs Monday night, then knocked off the Palmer Raiders, 14-4, at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The Rangers were scheduled to play another winners’ bracket game at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
In Monday’s 3-1 win over Chandler, Cameron Deal pitched five innings of two-hit ball and struck out 10 batters. Abel Jimenez fanned two of the three batters he faced in the sixth inning to collect the save.
Offensively, RBI doubles by Deal, Jimenez and Andrew Arriaga accounted for Brownwood’s three runs. Scoring for the Rangers were Trenton Carlton, T.J. Esparza and Deal.