Lions suffer 8-3 loss to Boerne, bounce back with rain-shortened 3-1 win over Snyder

Derrick Stuckly / Brownwood Bulletin
Rawlings Rios (7), pictured in a 2015 game photo, and the Brownwood Lions fell to Boerne, 8-3, Friday afternoon but rebounded with a 3-1, rain-shortened win over Snyder Friday night.

SNYDER — The Brownwood Lions dropped their second game at the Snyder tournament Friday, but rebounded with a rain-shortened victory in their third over the host squad.

Coming off a 3-0 win over Big Spring Thursday, the Lions were denied in their bid for a third straight victory as the Boerne Greyhounds prevailed, 8-3, Friday afternoon. But against the tournament host Snyder Tigers, the Lions picked up a 3-1 victory when the game was called after four innings due to rain.

The Lions (4-6) will wrap up tournament action at noon today against Idalou, then host the Bangs Dragons at 7 p.m. Monday in their home opener at Morris Southall Field.

Against Snyder (8-6), the Lions scored all three of their runs in the top of the third.

Mario Saldana reached on a one-out walk, then a Carson Cloy grounder, coupled with a Snyder throwing error, resulted in runners on second and third. Grant Fanara delivered a two-RBI triple to account for the first two runs, then a bloop single by Kory Owen plated Fanara.

The lone run for the Tigers scored in the bottom of the fourth, just before play was halted.

In Friday’s loss to Boerne (9-1), a four-run top of the sixth allowed the Greyhounds, members of District 29-4A, to pull away as the Lions trailed by just one run at that point.

The Lions grabbed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Greyhounds recorded the game’s final six runs.

Boerne finished with 14 hits off the Brownwood pitching combination of Dylan Agan, Sergio Gutierrez and Hayden Day, who combined to strike out four and walk two. The Lions defense also committed four errors.

Brownwood tallied six hits, drew one walk and was the beneficiary of four Boerne errors. Day and Fanara — who finished with two hits — both doubled while Rawlings Rios added a pair of singles. Cloy also chipped in a hit while Blaine Hughes drew the only walk.

Trailing 2-0 after half an inning, the Lions seized the advantage in the bottom of the first. Cloy and Rios started with back-to-back singles against Boerne pitcher Jake Marek, then Day doubled home Cloy. Fanara followed with an infield single that scored Rios with the tying run. Later in the inning, Hughes reached on an error which allowed Fanara to come home.

Boerne knotted the score at 3 in the top of the third, moved back in front, 4-3, in the fifth and put the game out of reach with a four-spot in the sixth.