Lady Lions rebound, drum Wylie, 10-0, in six innings

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
Lady Lion Tori Burkett (9) lashes an RBI single to the outfield during Brownwood’s 10-0, run-rule victory over Abilene Wylie Tuesday night.

The Brownwood Lady Lions bounced back from Saturday’s shutout loss at Class 5A Abilene High by hurling a goose egg of their own in a 10-0, six-inning home victory over former district rival Abilene Wylie Tuesday night.

Alyson Finnigan surrendered just one hit — a leadoff single — and struck out 10 batters, while the Lady Lion offense chalked up three runs in three separate innings.

“We came out aggressive from the first pitch,” said Lady Lions head coach Jessica Lynn, whose team was limited to two hits in the loss at Abilene High. “They didn’t want another game like they had Saturday and looked way more confident.”

Brownwood (7-2) struck for its first three-spot in the bottom of the second as Shelbi Winstead led off by reaching on an error, then Tori Burkett and Kayla McFarden followed with infield singles to load the bases. Danyelle Gongora drove home Winstead with an RBI ground out, Finnigan’s RBI infield single up the middle plated Burkett and Kristen Fuentes delivered an RBI single to center to score McFarden.

The Lady Lions chalked up three more runs in the third as Victoria Sanchez led off with a walk trailed by an RBI double from Winstead and an RBI single from Burkett. Finnigan later reached on an error that allowed McFarden, who singled, to come home.

In the fifth inning, Ashley Gomez led off by reaching on a dropped fly ball and later scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Fuentes.

Brownwood finished off the victory with three runs in the bottom of the sixth as Winstead led off with a single, then Burkett reached on an error that put runners on second and third. A wild throw from third base to first after a Gomez grounder scored both Winstead and Burkett. Finnigan and Fuentes followed with walks to load the sacks, and Ashley Jones dribbled a grounder to third base, but the errant toss to the plate allowed Gomez to score and enforce the 10-run mercy rule.

Finnigan retired the side in order four times— including striking out all three batters in the second inning — and also sat down 16 batters in a row during one span in the contest.

“Alyson came out on fire with a lot of confidence,” Lynn said. “Her stuff was working really well, plus she brings that presence and is really intimidating. It’s like she’s saying ‘You’re going to have to beat me, I’m not going to beat myself.’ She had a lot of strikeouts tonight and they didn’t hit her very hard at all.”