Quick start lifts Graham over Lady Lions softball, 9-5

Derrick Stuckly Brownwood Bulletin derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com

GRAHAM — The Brownwood Lady Lions surrendered nine runs in the first two innings and were unable to pull off another improbable comeback as they suffered a 9-5 District 6-4A softball loss at Graham Friday night.

The Lady Lions (8-8, 2-2), who led 2-0 after half an inning, gave up three runs in the bottom of the first, while Graham (9-6, 2-1) struck for six runs in the second.

Brownwood — which stormed back from seven runs down to defeat Mineral Wells, 12-11, in extra innings on March 24 — scored once more in the fifth inning and twice in the seventh before the rally was quashed.

The Lady Lions were limited to six hits by Graham pitcher Lexie Allen, who struck out 12 batters and walked only two.

Brownwood starter Emily Perez lasted just two innings, allowing nine runs — three earned — on six hits with one strikeout and three walks. Alexis Larrea came on in relief and worked the final four innings, yielding only two hits while issuing one walk.

The Lady Lions grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Ashley Gomez drew a leadoff walk and scored on Victoria Sanchez’s RBI triple to left field. Sanchez later scored on an RBI ground out by Kristen Fuentes.

Graham responded with three runs in the bottom of the first as Elizabeth Routen, Allen and Chyanne Lozowski singled in order to start the frame, with the third hit driving in the first run. An RBI fielder’s choice by Lana Plaster scored Cassidy Price, running for Allen, while Taylor Johnson’s RBI ground out scored Alisia Alcantar, running for Lozowski, to put the Lady Blues up for good.

The Lady Blues’ six-run second inning featured RBI doubles by Lozowski and Laura Barrett and two-RBI singles from Nicole King and Riley Zimmer.

Brownwood trimmed the deficit to 9-3 in the fifth as Tori Burkett led off with a single and Danyelle Gongora followed with a base hit. A throwing error after Gongora’s hit allowed Kori Posey, running for Burkett, to score.

In the top of the seventh, Gongora reached on an error, Gomez followed with a single and Sanchez came through with an RBI single. Gomez then scored from third on the back half of a double steal as Sanchez was thrown out at second base. The next two Lady Lions were retired in order to end the contest.

The Lady Lions begin the second half of district action at 7 p.m. Friday as they host Stephenville, which upset Abilene Wylie, 4-2, in extra innings. Brownwood won the first meeting against Stephenville, 11-6, on March 23.