The weather was cold, but the Big Spring Steers' bats were hot.
The Steers proved to be ungracious hosts Thursday night, downing Monahans, 15-5, to cap first day play at the Big Spring Varsity Baseball Tournament.
The Steers spotted Monahans a 2-0 lead after the top of the second, but stormed back with seven runs in their half of the inning and never looked back from there.
BSHS Head Coach Burt Otto said his team did a good job shaking off temperatures that hovered around freezing Thursday night.
“We started off slow — their pitcher was doing a good job early, and with it being as cold as it was, I figured it would be a low scoring game,” Otto said. “But the guys came back strong in the second inning."
Among the Steers who had good offensive nights were Max Pappajohn, who was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, Joseph Morelion, who collected three hits and Karsten Knudson, who was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
Pitcher Gunnar Kennedy earned the win for Big Spring.
In other first-round games Thursday, Jim Ned defeated Brownfield, 12-2; San Angelo Lake View bested Lamesa, 8-6; Levelland blasted Fort Stockton, 15-1; Brownfield edged Lake View, 6-5; and Levelland defeated Jim Ned, 10-3.
Today's games include Jim Ned vs. Lamesa at 9 a.m.; Fort Stockton vs. Lamesa at 11:30 a.m.; Big Spring vs. Brownfield at 2 p.m.; Lake View vs. Monahans at 4:30 p.m.; and Big Spring vs. Levelland at 7 p.m.
All games are at Steer Park.