Lions drop last two to Grandview, The Colony at Robinson baseball tournament

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com

ROBINSON — The Brownwood Lions were unable to carry over the momentum from Friday night’s extra-inning victory over Class 3A No. 16 Lubbock Cooper as they dropped their final two games at the Robinson/West baseball tournament Saturday afternoon.

Brownwood began the day with a 7-5 loss in 10 innings to Class 2A Grandview, then the Lions’ rally came up short in a 9-8 defeat at the hands of Class 4A The Colony.

In the loss to Grandview, a regional semifinalist squad a season ago, the Lions surrendered four runs in the top of the 10th inning.

The bottom of the 10th for Brownwood saw Kory Owen reach on an error to start the frame, then Seth Owen doubled home Tyler Jackson, running for Kory Owen, to close the gap to 7-4. Seth Owen later scored on a passed ball during Hayden Day’s two-out at-bat, but the Lions were unable to finish the comeback.

Brownwood led 1-0 after one inning as Seth Owen led off with a walk and scored on Elijah Salazar’s RBI single. The Lions extended their lead to 2-0 in the fifth as Cojo Guidry reached when his two-out grounder to shortstop was bobbled. Cole Fowler, running for Trent Carlton who led off the inning with a single, scored the second run.

Grandview cut the deficit to 2-1 in the sixth, but the Lions got the run back in the bottom of inning as Salazar doubled and later scored on a Carson Cloy sac bunt. Grandview then pulled even at 3 in the top of the seventh.

Carson McAnally started on mound for the Lions and was relieved in seventh by Pablo Salazar.

Against The Colony, the Lions raced out to a 3-0 lead through two innings.

In the bottom of the first, Seth Owen led off with a single and Elijah Salazar followed with a walk. With one out, Justin Osteen slapped an RBI single to right field, while Cloy later contributed an RBI on a ground out.

Brownwood tacked on its third run in the second as Pablo Salazar and Kory Owen started the inning with singles, then Seth Owen came through with a two-out RBI base hit up the middle.

The Colony responded with a six-run top of the third to seize control, but the Lions crept to within 6-4 in the bottom of the frame as Fowler reached on an infield single and the late overthrow at first base allowed Cloy, who walked, to come home.

Brownwood surrendered three more runs in the top of the fourth as The Colony built a 9-4 advantage. But the Lions closed the gap to 9-8 in the bottom of the fourth as Osteen drove in a run, Cloy was responsible for two Lions coming home and Carlton chipped in a two-out RBI single.

Neither team managed a run in the fifth inning, where the game was halted due to the time limit.

The Lions (4-7) will play their first home game of the season at 5 p.m. Tuesday as they welcome Abilene Wylie.