BIG SPRING — Behind an uncharacteristic five-error performance, the No. 10 Brownwood Lady Lions suffered their first District 5-4A softball loss, 8-7 in eight innings to the Big Spring Lady Steers Friday, falling out of the league lead in the process.
Knotted at 7 in the bottom of the eighth, Big Spring's (12-3, 3-1) Kynleigh Joy led off with a single to center field — the ninth hit allowed by Brownwood (16-4-1, 2-1) pitcher Chyanne Ellett. Jocelyn Gonzales followed with a bunt down the third base line, and a wild throw to second base resulted in the final Lady Lion error, as Joy was able to score the decisive run on the play.
The Lady Lions overcame a four-run deficit after two innings to grab a 7-6 lead in the top of the sixth. First, Brownwood cut Big Spring's advantage to 6-4 in the fourth as Annie Gillispie — who recorded four of the Lady Lions' 13 hits — led off with a single and scored on a two-run blast by Ellett.
Then, in the sixth, Gillispie again singled to start the frame and Ashlynn Patteson reached on a fielder's choice. Ellett's sacrifice fly plated Gillispie to trim the deficit to 6-5, then Ayanna Clemons followed with a two-run shot over the center field wall to put Brownwood back in front.
Big Spring quickly answered, however, drawing even at 7 in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and two on, Alexis Starr hit a pop fly and reached on an error in center field, which brought home Gonzales, who reached on a fielder's choice, with the tying run.
Brownwood jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as, with two outs, Clemons tripled home Patteson, who singled, and Aubrie Harris, who reached on a fielder's choice.
Big Spring responded with a pair of three-run frames in the bottom of the first and second to establish its four-run cushion.
Along with Gillispie's four hits, Harris, Clemons and Ryleigh Dalleh added two apiece while Patteson, Ellett and Mya McDowell finished with one each. Clemons' four RBIs were a team-best while Ellett drove in three.
In the circle, Ellett threw 116 pitches and gave up three earned runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.
The Lady Lions wrap up the first half of district play at home against Snyder (11-4, 0-3) at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and begin the second half of league play at 5 p.m. Thursday when Abilene Wylie (8-10, 1-2) visits.