HERALD Photo/Tony Claxton â€” Garrett Stuteville tries to tag a Brownfield baserunner out during the Big Spring Steersâ€™ 12-2 win over the Cubs Tuesday night.
It wasnâ€™t 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.
Acostaâ€™s 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 Acostaâ€™s blast to left field, but they hadnâ€™t had an extra base hit. Ascotaâ€™s 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.
â€śWe needed a key hit,â€ť BSHS head coach Bert Otto said. â€śWe needed something to break it open. Thankfully Jacob got a pitch thatâ€™s in his zone, his power area and he did with it what heâ€™s supposed to do.â€ť
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.
â€śHad to break it open,â€ť he said. â€śMy teammates got on base, as a clean-up batter, I just have to come through and hit them in, get the game going.â€ť
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.
Brownfieldâ€™s starting pitcher didnâ€™t fare well. Tate Longoria pitched 1/3 inning, walked three and allowed one run.
â€śYou have to adjust to the strikezone,â€ť Otto said. â€śWe thought there were some pitches that were close. Gunnarâ€™s character, he kept fighting and kept trying to find it and if he couldnâ€™t, he did what heâ€™s coached to do and pitch for contact. Let your defense take care of it.â€ť
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 itâ€™s good to get another win heading into the Big Spring tournament, which begins Thursday.
â€śWe were 1-3 out there, could be 2-2 depending on how you look at it,â€ť he said. â€śAny time you can get a win, itâ€™s good.â€ť
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.
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