It wasnât exactly a night full of offense for Brownfield and Big Spring in their matchup Tuesday at Steer Park.
Big Spring third baseman Jacob Acosta changed all that with one swing, though.
Acostaâs three-run RBI double sparked a five-run third inning as the Steers went on to beat the Cubs 12-2 in five innings.
The Steers were up 3-1 before Acostaâs blast to left field, but they hadnât had an extra base hit. Ascotaâs double went past the Brownfield left-fielder and Gunnar Kennedy, Jared Deporto and Max Pappajohn were sent home. The Steers went from a 3-1 lead to an 8-1 lead.
âWe needed a key hit,â BSHS head coach Bert Otto said. âWe needed something to break it open. Thankfully Jacob got a pitch thatâs in his zone, his power area and he did with it what heâs supposed to do.â
Acosta said he was looking for a faster pitch, but he had to adjust and knew he needed a big hit with the bases loaded.
âHad to break it open,â he said. âMy teammates got on base, as a clean-up batter, I just have to come through and hit them in, get the game going.â
The Steers (5-6) inflicted even more damage with a four-run fourth, sparked by an error that helped Garrett Stuteville get a run. Kennedy followed that up with an RBI single.
Kennedy got the win on the mound, overcoming a slow start, but battling back to quell the Brownfield bats.
In the first inning, Kennedy allowed a double, hit a batter and walked another with the bases loaded, but he ended the inning with two strikeouts. Kennedy had four total strikeouts in five innings pitched.
Brownfieldâs starting pitcher didnât fare well. Tate Longoria pitched 1/3 inning, walked three and allowed one run.
âYou have to adjust to the strikezone,â Otto said. âWe thought there were some pitches that were close. Gunnarâs character, he kept fighting and kept trying to find it and if he couldnât, he did what heâs coached to do and pitch for contact. Let your defense take care of it.â
The Steers were coming off a 1-3 record at the Snyder tournament, with their only win coming against Greenwood.
Otto said the Steers could have done better at that tournament, but itâs good to get another win heading into the Big Spring tournament, which begins Thursday.
âWe were 1-3 out there, could be 2-2 depending on how you look at it,â he said. âAny time you can get a win, itâs good.â
This will be the first time Big Spring baseball host its own tournament. Brownfield will get another shot at the Steers Thursday night at 7 p.m. Lamesa, Andrews and Levelland are also on tap for the Steers this weekend.View more articles in: