Junior Leaguers are eliminated as Wylie rallies for 4-2 victory

July 3, 2014

Noah Martinez of the Sweetwater Junior League all-stars connects for a double in the first inning of Wednesday’s District 5 losers bracket tournament final played at Wylie’s Kirby Park. Wylie advanced into today’s championship game to take on Abilene South after beating Sweetwater 4-2 to end its season. (Photo by Ron Howell)

The Junior League all-stars from Sweetwater must have felt like it was deja vu all over again at the end of their District 5 losers bracket game against Wylie on Wednesday.
For the second straight game, and second time in three days, Sweetwater was three outs away from a win that would have put them in the District 5 title game.
But those dreams were dashed for a second straight time Wednesday as Wylie, trailing 2-1 entering the top of the seventh, pushed over three runs in its final at bat and held off Sweetwater in the bottom of the frame to leave with a 4-2 victory.
Sweetwater pitcher Chris Thompson limited Wylie to just one run and five hits until he was replaced by Kiante McCoy with one out in the seventh after Wylie put runners at first and second. Thompson went to center field for Sweetwater, and made a running catch on a ball hit by Wylie’s next hitter for the second out.
However, Wylie’s Brady Horn came up next and ripped a two-out, two-run double as Thompson narrowly missed another catch that would have ended the game. Instead, the two runs gave Wylie a 3-2 lead, and an wild pitch and error in-creased the lead to 4-2 un-til McCoy got Sweetwater — which also allowed three runs in the final inning of a 6-5 semifinal loss two days earlier to Abilene South — out of the inning. Sweetwa-ter then went down 1-2-3 against two Wylie pitchers in the bottom of the seventh to seal the loss.
Sweetwater trailed 1-0 until a run in the first inning tied it 1-1. Noah Martinez smacked a leadoff double and moved to third on an error before scoring on a wild pitch. Sweetwater took a 2-1 lead over Wylie in the third inning on a two-out double by Thompson that scored Jordan McGee, who reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second.
Thompson also led off the sixth inning by reaching on an error and then moved to third on a groundout and wild pitch, but Sweetwater was unable to score again.
Wylie will play Abilene South for the title at 7 p.m. today at Wylie’s Kirby Park. If Wylie wins, the teams play a second title game at 7 p.m. Friday at the same location because it would be South’s first loss and the tournament is double elim-ination. Sweetwater finished with a 2-2 record.

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