The Big Spring Lady Steers continue to be their own worst enemy.
Seven Big Spring errors opened the floodgates for Brownwood and helped the Lady Lions waltz to a 10-0 run-rule victory over the Lady Steers in District 5-3A softball action at the Big Spring ISD Softball Complex Monday.
It wasn't as if Brownwood needed any help, either — the district champion Lady Lions suffocated Big Spring with strong pitching from Sydney Laws, who improved to 12-3 for the season, and sterling defense to improve to a perfect 6-0 in district games.
For the Lady Steers, meanwhile, their playoff hopes remain alive by the barest of margins. Big Spring can make the playoffs if three things happen: First, the Lady Steers must defeat Abilene Wylie in their season finale Friday; then Wylie must also lose its final game Tuesday; and Sweetwater must lose at least one of its final two games.
But that scenario will be moot if Big Spring does not somehow improve its defense in the next few days.
“We've got to find some way to build up their confidence,” BSHS Coach John Sparks said. “It's something we work on every day … I know they can do it, but it's up to them to actually do it.”
Three Big Spring errors in the first inning allowed Brownwood to take an early 1-0 lead in the first, then three more errors in the second led to three more runs by the Lady Lions. That was more than enough offensive support for Laws, who survived a bases-loaded jam in the third inning to preserve the shutout.
Valerie Ross was the pitcher of record for Big Spring, which fell to 2-4 in district play. Ross played her final home game for Big Spring Monday, along with fellow seniors Jillian Valle and Gabby Torres.
The Lady Steers conclude their season Friday when they travel to Abilene to face Wylie. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Brownwood 133 12 — 10 16 1
Big Spring 000 00 — 0 3 7
Laws and Darden; Ross, Yarbar (3), Ross (4) and Castillo; W — Laws; L — Ross; LOB — Brownwood 6, Big Spring 5.
When you have a young baseball team, the learning process can sometimes seem Darwinian in nature.
The Big Spring Steers learned that lesson first-hand Tuesday, as they were pummeled by district-leading Brownwood, 19-2, in District 5-3A baseball action Monday.
After a scoreless first inning, the Lions exploded for all their runs over the course of the next two stanzas.
“It wasn't very pleasant,” BSHS coach Burt Otto said. “In the second inning, they just hit the ball well, plus we walked a few batters, started pitching from behind and they took advantage of that.”
The Steers, who fell to 0-6 in district play, have three games remaining in their season, starting with a Saturday contest at Abilene against Wylie. Game time is 1 p.m.
Brownwood 0(10)9 00 — 19 16 0
Big Spring 0 0 0 20 — 2 6 2
W — Brown; L — Pappajohn.