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 — involving two balks and a wild pitch on BSHS' part — 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.
“This district is real competitive,” he said. “(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.”
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.
“We need to get some timely hits, that's what kept us going against Snyder,” he explained. “We're going to continue to take the same approach. We will go in with what we have and try to compete against Wylie.”