No. 1 Wylie makes quick work of Lions baseball in five innings, 11-1

Derrick Stuckly / Brownwood Bulletin

ABILENE — Facing the No. 1 team in Class 4A, according to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, the Brownwood Lions suffered their second consecutive District 6-4A loss, 11-1 at the hands of the Abilene Wylie Bulldogs Thursday afternoon.

The Lions (6-9, 0-2) mustered just two hits in the five-inning run-ruled contest, while committing five errors — including a stretch of three consecutive plays with a miscue.

Carson Cloy led off the game with a double, while Grant Fanara singled in the fourth inning to account for the Lion hits. Rawlings Rios and Cole Fowler also reached base on walks.

Brownwood tallied its lone run in the top of the fourth as Rios led off with a walk, Fanara singled and Tristan Chesser’s RBI ground out plated Rios.

Wylie (14-2, 2-0), meanwhile, produced three runs in the first inning, six in the second and two more in the third.

The Bulldogs finished with nine hits against the Lion pitching combination of Fanara and Hayden Day, who combined to strike out seven batters and walk five.

Offensive standouts for Wylie — which churned out five extra-base hits — included Tyler Henson and John Paul Topel with two hits and three RBIs apiece. Zach Smith and Cameron Hannah each added one hit and one RBI, while Mack Muellar, Riley Hedge and Brooks Pepper also chipped in hits.

Connor Carlton and Hutton Frazier combined on the two-hitter for Wylie, striking out five batters along the way.

The Lions will attempt to bounce back and earn their first District 6-4A victory when they host Graham (8-8, 0-1) Tuesday night.