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July 7th, 2011
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.
Sweetwaterâs 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 Sweetwaterâs Major League Field represented a true âteamâ effort.
Nine of the 12 players had hits, and the three who didnât not only reached base but also scored a run.
After suffering their first loss on Friday, Sweetwaterâs 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 Sweetwaterâs 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 Wylieâs Conner Carlton â changed all that as the visitors rallied to defeat Sweetwater, 8-6, in their District 5 semifinal at Sweetwaterâs Major League field that sent Wylie to Mondayâs title game.
Sweetwaterâs 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.
All four Sweetwater teams are still chasing District 5 championships after the first three days of their respective double-elimination all-star tournaments.
Two teams stayed alive by winning losers bracket games Wednesday.
Sweetwaterâs 9-10 year-olds were a 17-7 winner over Breckenridge, and advance to play Snyder at 7 p.m. to-day in Snyder.
Sweetwaterâs 11-12 year-olds were a 2-1 winner over Breckenridge, and advance to play Snyder at 6 p.m. to-day at Wylie.
The Bomb Squad, a local 12-under softball team, won first place at a state tournament held recently in Wichita Falls. Pictured in no particular order are players Alyssa Villanueva, Maddie Berry, Annalese Espinoza, Jacinda Garcia, Naomi Gonzales, Lauren Jones, Karleigh Coldiron, Senora Medellin, Ashley Parker, Abby Garcia and Savannah Kamer and coaches Marc Villanueva, Lamar Berry and Eli Espinoza.
The Junior League (ages 13-14) all-stars were the only Sweetwater team to come away with a win in District 5 Little League action on Tuesday in Abilene.
Sweetwater routed Clyde, 26-1, and will now take on Snyder at 5:45 p.m. Thurs-day at Wylie. Thursdayâs winner advances to the semifinals on Saturday.
Sweetwaterâs 9-10 year-old all-stars lost, 18-17, to Abilene Cedar Creek in their District 5 opener. The loss means Sweetwater must defeat Breckenridge at 6 p.m. today at Cedar Creek in order to stay alive through the losers bracket of the tournament.