Archive - Jul 2011 - Sports Article
Sweetwaterâ€™s 6-under all-stars placed fourth at a recent state tournament. Pictured are, front row from left, Samaria Sarabia, Faith Rosas, Rebecca Pena, Emily Owen, Halle Martinez, Bethanee Rodriguez; middle row, Trinity Kilgore, Trinity McGee, Aubrey Galindo, Paris Houston, Jenna Watson, Caitlin Carr; back row, coaches Leroy Kilgore, Haylee Owen, Shar Houston, Lacy Watson and Kevin Rosas.
Only a handful of teams are good enough to make it to the sectional round of Little League all-star play each summer.
But not only does Sweet-water have a pair of teams going to sectionals, most of the players on those teams have been there before.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 11-4 victory over Wylie on Tuesday in the second â€” and final â€” 10-11 year-old District 5 Little League All-Star championship game at Sweetwaterâ€™s Major League Field represented a true â€śteamâ€ť effort.
Nine of the 12 players had hits, and the three who didnâ€™t not only reached base but also scored a run.
After suffering their first loss on Friday, Sweetwaterâ€™s 10-11 year-old Little League all-stars have rediscovered the magic that has them one win away from going to a sectional tournament for the second straight year.
Sweetwater, which fell to the losers bracket after an 8-6 defeat Friday against Wylie in the semifinals, got some sweet revenge with a 7-5 victory when the teams met again on Monday in the championship game at Sweetwaterâ€™s Major League field. Since both teams now have one loss, they will meet again at 7 p.m. today to decide the District 5 title at the same location.
After storming past their first two opponents, the Sweetwater 10-11 year-old all-stars looked to be on their way to another convincing win on Friday when they led 4-1 after the first 1 1/2 innings against Wylie. But one dramatic hit â€” a grand slam homer by Wylieâ€™s Conner Carlton â€” changed all that as the visitors rallied to defeat Sweetwater, 8-6, in their District 5 semifinal at Sweetwaterâ€™s Major League field that sent Wylie to Mondayâ€™s title game.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 9-10 and 13-14 (Junior League) all-star teams were eliminated Friday from their respective District 5 tournaments after losing for the second time, leaving the 10-11 year-0ld team as the lone survivor.
On Thursday, the 11-12 year-olds were eliminated after losing to Snyder 13-3.
A baseball team made up of 15- and 16-year-olds will be representing Sweetwater at a Texas West Section II Senior League tournament.
The 2011 tournament is set for July 13-16 in Garland and will include teams who represent four sections of the state. Sweetwater, which represents District 5, will be joined by teams from Dis-trict 7 (Fort Worth area), District 8 (Dallas area) and District 9 (Waco area).
The tournament will be hosted by South Garland Little League. Sweetwater will play its first game at 6 p.m. July 13 against the District 8 representative.
Sweetwater faced Snyder in three separate District 5 Little League all-star tournament games on Thursday and managed just one win.
The 9-10 year-old all-stars were the lone winner as they beat Snyder, 11-5, to stay alive in the tournament. They will play Clyde in Clyde at 8 p.m. today. If Sweetwater wins, the team will play either Cisco or Abilene Dixie on Saturday.