Brownwood's seven-game win streak ends with first district defeat
SNYDER — Six errors, including three in the bottom of the seventh inning, resulted in the first District 5-4A baseball loss for the Brownwood Lions, and the first league win for the Snyder Tigers, 6-5, Friday night.
The defeat also snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Lions (14-8, 1-1), who built a 5-1 lead over the Tigers (10-9, 1-2) before watching it slip away.
Leading 5-4 heading to the bottom of the seventh, the Lions allowed Jake Chavez to reach on an error to start the frame. After a wild pitch moved Chavez to second base, Lance Davis singled to right field where another Brownwood error allowed Chavez to score the tying run. With two outs and Davis on third base, Aaron Escobedo hit a pop up behind second base, which the Lions let drop for the decisive run.
The Lions tallied just three hits — by Grant Fanara, Hunter Leonard and Rylan Reagan — off Chavez, who struck out six and walked two. All five of Brownwood’s runs were unearned as Snyder committed five errors.
Brownwood took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as four straight Snyder errors allowed Cain Kittrell, Blaine Hughes, Fanara and Reagan to reach. Leonard also singled home a run in the inning.
The Lions increased their advantage to 5-1 in the third as Fanara and Reagan started the frame with singles and both scored when Gavon Clemons reached on a two-out error.
Snyder closed the gap to 5-2 in the bottom of the third inning then added two more runs in the fifth.
Hayden Donahoo started on the mound for the Lions and worked five innings, allowing four runs — one earned — on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Caleb Hernandez walked both batters he faced in relief, while Fanara was tagged with the loss, giving up two unearned runs on one hit with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
The Lions are back in action at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at No. 2 Abilene Wylie (18-1, 2-0), a 17-4 winner over Sweetwater Friday.