‘Stangs win title at Midland
It may be spring break for Sweetwater ISD students all week, but the baseball and softball teams are both in action here today. Sweet-water’s softball team starts District 4-3A play Friday at Snyder. The baseball team is now 11-3 after defeating Lake View, 8-1, in its fourth and final game Saturday to win the championship of the West Texas March Classic in Midland. Sweetwater had won eight straight entering today’s game vs. Andrews at Sportsman’s Park.On Saturday, Sweetwater got great pitching and clutch hitting against Lake View in beating the Chiefs for the second weekend in a row, and ending a dominant run that saw the Mustangs outscore their four tourna-ment foes 38-9.On Thursday, Sweetwater kicked off tournament play with a 9-6 victory against Seminole, before coming back later that day to shut out Pampa 5-0 and rout Monahans 16-2 Friday to qualify for the title game. A week earlier at its Wood Bat Classic, Sweetwater also had a 4-0 record with wins over Pampa, Lake View, Clyde and Ballinger.The constant over that time has been pitching, which has been phenomenal with only 12 runs allowed — half of them coming in one inning. In Thursday’s game vs. Seminole, the Mustangs built an 8-0 lead until the Indians scored six runs in the fourth inning. However, only two of the runs off winning pitcher James Clift were earned. After Game 2 pitcher Hayden Reeves shut out Pampa and Stephen May shut down Monahans in Game 3, J.P. Poe took the mound for the title game vs. Lake View and became the fourth straight hurler to get a complete-game victory in the tournament.Clift, the team’s most consistently effective pitcher the last two seasons, was coming off his strongest game — a no-hitter against Pampa in his previous start. Against Seminole, he gave up six hits and two earned runs whle striking out six and walking one. May went 4-for-4 with four RBIs to pace a 13-hit attack. Reeves fanned 15 with no walks, allowing three hits, to shut out Pampa.Against Monahans, May was not only the beneficiary of a 16-hit attack — both Greg Aiken and Tyler Beas-ley had three hits and Aiken had seven RBIs — but also allowed just five hits in six innings. Clift had four RBI.Poe allowed seven hits but no earned runs vs. Lake View, striking out eight bat-ters with no walks.