Local Sports Briefs

Brownwood topsLady SteersBig Spring Softball Coach John Sparks knew Brownwood would be a tough District 5-3A opponent, and he was proven right as Big Spring was on the short end of an 8-3 decision at the Big Spring ISD Softball Complex Friday. Things got out of hand quickly for BSHS — Brownwood came out swinging, putting up five runs in the top of the first.Errors — seven to be exact — derailed the Lady Steers.Sparks said those miscues were the major reason the Lady Steers dropped to a 1-2 district record.“If you have that many errors, you aren't going to be able to win games. Not at this level,” he said. “We also have to go back and look at our hitting.” Big Spring returns to action Wednesday when the Lady Steers travel to Abilene to face Wylie. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Lady Buffsshellack SlatonFORSAN — With the first four batters in the Forsan Lady 'Buffs' lineup averaging .500 or better, it's no surprise that they are currently sitting atop of District 3-2A in a three-way tie with Coahoma and Colorado City. Forsan remained in the mix after soundly defeating Slaton 15-1 at home Friday.It was a short game for the Lady 'Buffs as they ran the score up to 12-0 on Slaton in the bottom of the first inning, then tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the second.The game was called in the middle of the third as a result of the 10-run mercy rule.Forsan Coach Shanna Taylor said the performance by her squad reflects its work ethic.“We went into the game with intensity,” she said. “We make sure we are serious every game. We hit the ball well and played well on defense, which is always our goal.”Forsan improved its district record to 5-1 (9-5 overall) and will host Lubbock Roosevelt at home at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.C-City topsBulldogettesCOAHOMA — The Coahoma Bulldogettes dropped their first district softball game of the season to Colorado City, as they were on the short end of a 6-0 score in District 3-2A action Friday.Though still tied for first in a competitive district, Coahoma was unable to produce any offense to back up pitcher Kyla Clanton, a sophomore, who struck out five C-City batters.Coach Rob Glasscock recognized the issue plaguing Coahoma throughout the game.“It was one of those offensive nights,” he said. “But, we're still right there in the thick of the race. We just couldn't get any run support for (Clanton).”The Bulldogettes, now 9-11 on the season, will return to action Tuesday at Denver City.Hawks splitwith MidlandMIDLAND — The No. 5 ranked Howard College Hawks (19-4, 5-1) split a Western Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader with Midland College Friday, winning the early game 12-0, then dropping the nightcap 11-10.The first game was all Hawks, after they put up 12 runs in five innings, forcing an early end to the game as a result of the 10-run rule.Game two proved to be more of a nail-biter, as HC led the Chaparrals 9-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth.The five run advantage wasn't enough for the Hawks, however, and Midland stormed back, driving in six runs in the eighth. HC tied it up 10-10 in the top of the ninth, but a two-run rally in the bottom of the inning gave Midland the win.The two teams continued their series Saturday at Jack Barber Field on the HC campus. Results will be in Monday's Herald.