The Big Spring Steers did a good job matching Brownwood defensively in their District 5-
3A baseball matchup at Steer Park Friday.
Unfortunately for Big Spring, the Lions' offense was more effective on this night as Brownwood took a 5-2 victory.
Brownwood jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Big Spring answered back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the second.
A Joseph Morelion grounder produced a base hit, Jarred DoPorto then singled to advance Morelion to second. Zach Hernandez drew a walk to load the bases, and Brett Brorman singled up the middle to score Morelion and DoPorto, tying the game at 2-2.
Brownwood added another run in the top of the third inning, taking a 3-2 lead, and a raucous top of the fifth inning â€” involving two balks and a wild pitch on BSHS' part â€” resulted in two more runs scored for the Lions, making the score 5-2.
The Steers had their chances offensively, loading the bases three other times in the game, but were unable to produce any runs.
Sophomore Adam Franco pitched a complete game for BSHS in a losing effort, and was backed up by solid defensive play, especially by outfielders Karsten Knudsen and DoPorto .
BSHS Coach Bert Otto was disappointed with the loss, but remains optimistic for the Steers, who are now 1-1 in district play.
â€śThis district is real competitive,â€ť he said. â€ś(Brownwood's) pitcher had a good fastball and velocity, as well as a good curve ball. We made some great plays, though, defensively. Its finally coming together. It's a loss, but you don't see five or six marks in the error column.â€ť
Otto said the Steers will remain focused on playing their style of ball Wednesday when they travel to Abilene to take on Wylie. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
â€śWe need to get some timely hits, that's what kept us going against Snyder,â€ť he explained. â€śWe're going to continue to take the same approach. We will go in with what we have and try to compete against Wylie.â€ť
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