Lions denied first district win, fall to Gatesville, 5-3, in extra innings

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
Hayden Day doubled, tripled, drove in a run and scored a run in the Lions’ 5-3 district loss to Gatesville Tuesday.

The Brownwood Lions witnessed their second consecutive seventh-inning lead slip away as they remained winless in District 8-3A baseball action with a 5-3, eight-inning loss to the Gatesville Hornets Tuesday night.

The Lions (6-14, 0-3) yielded three runs in the bottom of the seventh of Friday’s 6-5 loss at Lampasas, and on Tuesday Brownwood was in front 2-1 with two outs in the top of the seventh.

Scott Schults, who finished with three of Gatesville’s (8-13, 1-2) seven hits, reached on a one-out single to right field then moved to second following a wild pitch. Caught between second and third later in the inning, Schults wound up scoring after an errant throw from the plate to third base, which knotted the score at 2.

Carson McAnally, who recorded a pair of hits for the Lions, singled with the two outs in the bottom of the seventh off Gatesville hurler Mitchell Chartier — who pitched all eight innings — but was left stranded.

In the top of the eighth, Brownwood pitcher Seth Owen — who also went the distance and struck out 18 with seven hits, one walk and three hit batters — beaned Zae Paskett with one out.

Paskett later stole second base ahead of a single to shallow left field by Jeff Speer, which put runners on the corners with one out.

Clean-up batter Wyatt Crum then laid down a suicide squeeze — the same play that resulted in Lampasas knocking off the Lions — that plated Paskett and pushed the Hornets in front, 3-2.

With two outs, Schults came through with his third hit, which turned out to be the game-winner, as his two-RBI double drove home Speer and Crum for a 5-2 advantage.

In Brownwood’s half of the eighth inning, Hayden Day doubled with one out and advanced to third with two outs. Justin Osteen’s RBI single to left field brought the Lions within two runs at 5-3, then Rawlings Rios followed with a walk.

With the potential winning run at the plate in the form of Elijah Salazar, Chartier was able to induce a ground ball to second to end the Lions’ bid for a comeback.

The Lions opened a 2-0 advantage in the third inning as McAnally led off with a single and scored on Day’s two-out RBI triple to right field. Carlton followed with an RBI infield single down the third base line.

Gatesville trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth as Speer walked with one out and scored on a two-out RBI single by Schults.

The Lions head to Llano at 7 p.m. Friday in search of their first district victory.