Bulletin Staff Report
CAMERON — The Brownwood Lady Lions won the second-place bracket at the Cameron tournament Saturday, capping a season-opening weekend in which the team recorded four victories in six outings.
In Saturday’s tournament finale, Brownwood rallied to defeat Lexington for the second time, 3-2.
The Lady Lions scored all three runs in the sixth inning after Lexington took a 1-0 lead in the fifth thanks to an error and a passed ball.
In the Brownwood sixth, Sydnie Darden singled home Kate Atchley, who reached on a leadoff single, with the tying run. Sydney Laws followed with a two-RBI single that plated Nathalie de la Torre and Mallorie Maxwell, who reached on an error and a walk, respectively.
Lexington loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but could only push across one run.
Laws went the distance in the circle, allowing one earned run on four hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks.
At the plate, Atchley, de la Torre, Maxwell, Darden, Laws, Larissa Salazar and Cherita George all collected base hits.
The Lady Lions’ first game Saturday was a 10-0 thrashing of Salado as Atchley hurled a two-hit complete-game gem with eight strikeouts and only one walk.
Maxwell led the offense with a 3-for-4, four-RBI effort that included a double and a run scored. Laws also recorded four RBIs and finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while de la Torre went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.
Hannah Mask added two RBIs and a base hit, while Atchley singled, walked twice and scored three runs. Darden walked twice, reached on an error and scored a pair of runs.
In Friday action, China Spring picked up a 2-1 victory over the Lady Lions in their first game.
Atchley allowed two runs on four hits, the last being a solo home run in the sixth inning that gave China Spring its second run. Atchley also struck out five batters and walked three.
Brownwood scored its run in the fifth inning as Darden led off with a single up the middle, Laws sacrificed her to second base and Tiara Brown drove her home with an RBI single to left field.
The Lady Lions later dropped a 1-0 decision to tournament host Cameron.
Laws pitched all five innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Cameron’s two hits came from slap hitters on the left side of the plate.
Cameron scored the only run in the third inning when the leadoff batter reached on a dropped third strike and later scored on a two-out infield single.
Brownwood’s offense also produced just two hits, singles by Atchley and Brown.
The Lady Lions opened the tournament with wins of 7-4 over Lexington and 10-0 over Corpus Christi Miller on Thursday.
Brownwood is scheduled to travel to San Angelo Monday for a 6:30 p.m. contest against Lake View.