By BRIAN MCCORMACK
Wind whipped through Steer Park Friday and with a potential playoff spot at stake, the Big Spring Steers’ baseball squad faced off against district leader Abilene Wylie (6-1), treating fans to yet another exciting outing.
Unfortunately, the Steers were on the short end of a 2-1 ball game despite Adam Franco’s brilliant performance from the mound.
Franco recorded a loss but allowed only one Bulldog hit, striking out six batters. The hit that went through, however, was a two-run blast in the top of the fourth, propelling Wylie to a hard-fought victory.
The only Steer to cross home plate was Karsten Knudson, who was driven in by a Joseph Morelion sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third inning.
It was certainly a disappointing loss for BSHS, but Head Coach Bert Otto was pleased with his team’s efforts.
“I can’t say enough about Adam (Franco’s) performance,” Otto said. “The infield backed him up. Everyone of them competed and we had Wylie on the ropes. Unfortunately, we couldn’t seal the deal.”
Otto and the Steers have a non-district game against Andrews Tuesday on the road, where he hopes to come away with a win, giving them momentum going into the final district game against Sweetwater.
“We are going to have to focus on all three phases — hitting, pitching and fielding,” Otto added.
The loss could have hurt the 3-4 Steers’ playoff hopes but they are still in the hunt. Should Brownwood win its last two games, Big Spring would be guaranteed a spot along with Wylie. If Snyder manages to win the next two matchups, Big Spring — having beaten them twice — would get a spot due to the head-to-head results. Sweetwater is in last place but with a win over BSHS, the ‘Stangs could sneak in the back door depending on how things unfold.
The first pitch is slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Andrews and then they close out district play against Sweetwater on the road Friday. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. As well.
Other scores (softball) — Abilene Wylie, 15, Big Spring, 7.
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