Wylie spoils Lions’ home opener, 6-5
Playing their 12th game of the season — but for only the first time at Morris Southall Field — the Brownwood Lions were denied a victory in front of the home crowd as the Abilene Wylie Bulldogs snatched a 6-5 non-district victory Tuesday afternoon.
The Lions (4-8) dropped their third consecutive contest since upsetting No. 16 Lubbock Cooper at the Robinson tournament this past weekend, but Brownwood had plenty of opportunities to capture the win.
Brownwood left nine base runners stranded, gave up five bases on balls and committed three costly errors that aided Wylie in its rally from an early three-run deficit.
Knotted at 5 in the top of the seventh inning, Wylie’s Lane Bourland led off with a single against Lion pitcher Seth Owen — who tossed a complete game five-hitter with seven strikeouts and five walks despite being drilled in the shin with a line drive in the first inning.
Austin Rains walked with one out to put runners on the corners, then Spencer Reyes reached on an error that pushed the go-ahead run across the plate for Wylie.
The Lions went down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Trent Carlton delivered a two-RBI double down the third base line that scored Pablo Salazar — running for Justin Osteen, who reached on an error — and Cojo Guidry, who singled up the middle.
Brownwood grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Hayden Day reached on a error, Guidry was hit by a pitch and Rawlings Rios walked. Carlton followed with an RBI walk, Carson McAnally contributed an RBI infield single and Owen reached on an error that scored a run.
Wylie cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth, then went ahead 5-3 in the fifth thanks to a three-run homer by Mac Mueller. Matt Lovelace reached on an error and Blake Frampton singled ahead of the blast.