Lions baseball doubles up Taylor, 10-5, in Hill Country Classic finale


LLANO — The Brownwood Lions wrapped up their stay at the Llano Hill Country Classic with a 10-5 victory over the Taylor Ducks Saturday.

The Lions (6-10), who finished with seven hits, chalked up six runs in the bottom of the third inning to erase a one-run Taylor advantage.

Brownwood’s third inning began with two consecutive outs, then Hayden Day singled and Justin Osteen and Trent Carlton reached on back-to-back walks. Pablo Salazar’s RBI single plated Tyler Jackson, running for Day, to even the score at 2-all. Rawlings Rios followed with a bases-loaded walk that pushed the Lions in front, 3-2.

Carson McAnally then delivered a two-RBI single over first base to increase Brownwood’s lead to 5-2. Seth Owen followed with an RBI single, then Carson Cloy reached on an RBI infield single to extend the cushion to 7-2.

Taylor closed the gap to 7-5 in the top of the fifth inning, but the Lions fired back with three runs in the bottom of the inning prior to the time limit expiring.

In Brownwood’s portion of the fifth inning, Cojo Guidry was hit by a pitch then Rios reached on a fielder’s choice. McAnally walked to load the bases with no outs and Owen came through with a two-RBI single up the middle. Jackson, running for Owen, broke for second and beat the throw to the bag, while McAnally raced home from third base to complete the double steal and score the 10th Lion run.

Trailing 1-0 after one inning, the Lions drew even at 1 in the bottom of the second.

Day doubled to deep center field, then Osteen reached on a dropped fly ball and Carlton drew a walk to load the bases. Rios reached base following four balls to pick up the first RBI of the contest.

On the mound, Owen worked four innings and yielded two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. McAnally tossed an inning of relief and gave up three runs on two hits with one strikeout and a pair of walks.

The Lions are off until 7 p.m. Friday when they face Snyder at Hardin-Simmons in Abilene.