Lions must defeat Stephenville Wednesday night to stay alive

Derrick Stuckly Brownwood Bulletin
Rawlings Rios (7) and the Brownwood Lions will attempt to end a five-game slump and keep their season alive when they host Stephenville at 7:30 p.m. in the regular season finale.

he Brownwood Lions head into tonight’s regular season finale at Morris Southall Field needing a win to keep their season alive.

By virtue of Graham’s three-game win streak — which began with an 11-1 win in Brownwood on April 21 — the Lions, who are in the midst of a five-game slide, have slipped into fifth place in the District 6-4A standings.

Abilene Wylie (17-3-1, 8-0) has locked up the District 6-4A title, while Stephenville (9-10, 3-4) — who visits the Lions at 7:30 p.m. tonight — is currently in second place. Mineral Wells (9-11, 3-5) and Graham (11-11, 3-5) are tied for third place following the Steers’ 5-1 victory Tuesday night, with Brownwood (13-1, 2-5) alone in fifth.

A Lions’ victory would create a four-way tie for second place in the 6-4A standings between Brownwood, Stephenville, Mineral Wells and Graham, which would require a number of tiebreakers to sort out the second, third and fourth playoff seeds.

However, if Brownwood were to fall tonight, the Lions would finish fifth in the district and miss out on the postseason.

Brownwood dropped a 3-2 decision at Stephenville on April 10, a game in which the Lions led until surrendering three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

The Lions and Yellow Jackets were originally slated to play Tuesday night, but the game was rained out.