It wasn’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.
Acosta’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 Acosta’s blast to left field, but they hadn’t had an extra base hit. Ascota’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.
“We needed a key hit,” BSHS head coach Bert Otto said. “We needed something to break it open. Thankfully Jacob got a pitch that’s in his zone, his power area and he did with it what he’s supposed to do.”
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.
“Had to break it open,” he said. “My teammates got on base, as a clean-up batter, I just have to come through and hit them in, get the game going.”
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.
Brownfield’s starting pitcher didn’t fare well. Tate Longoria pitched 1/3 inning, walked three and allowed one run.
“You have to adjust to the strikezone,” Otto said. “We thought there were some pitches that were close. Gunnar’s character, he kept fighting and kept trying to find it and if he couldn’t, he did what he’s coached to do and pitch for contact. Let your defense take care of it.”
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 it’s good to get another win heading into the Big Spring tournament, which begins Thursday.
“We were 1-3 out there, could be 2-2 depending on how you look at it,” he said. “Any time you can get a win, it’s good.”
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.