Enjoying a 7-5 lead after five innings, the Sweetwater Lady Mustang softball team seemed headed for its first district win of the season when it faced second-place Midland Greenwood here Tuesday. But Greenwood ruined the celebration with a 10-run assault in the last two innings to beat Sweet-water, 15-11.
Greenwood which trails first-place Snyder by two games, improved to 5-2 in district play and 12-12 over-all. Sweetwater, despite by far its highest-scoring game in district play so far, fell to 0-7 and 9-13.
Sweetwater had things going its way after pushing across five runs in the third inning for a 7-4 lead. Maddie Berry led off with a single and Naomi Gonzales and Lauren Jones reached on errors to load the bases before Savanna Hall tied the game 4-4 with a two-RBI double. Jones scored on Morgan Gomezâ€™s sacrifice fly for a 5-4 lead and Davina Walker, who was pinch-running for Hall, scored on Rebecca Gonzalesâ€™ double to make it 6-4. Abby Garcia then hit a sacrifice fly to score Gabby Fuentes â€” Rebecca Gonzalesâ€™ pinch-runner â€” to make it 7-4.
Sweetwater was able to maintain its lead over the next two innings, but the Rangerettes regained the lead for good with five runs in the sixth to go up 10-7, and added another five runs against Sweetwater in the seventh that proved too much to overcome.
However, the Lady Mus-tangs didnâ€™t go down easily and gave it a pretty good shot in their final at bat against Greenwood as four different players scored in the bottom of the seventh.
Naomi Gonzales led off with a double and Hall hit a single to score Gonzalesâ€™ courtesy runner, Kat Mon-toya. The rally continued as Gomez and Rebecca Gonza-les singled, the second hit scoring Carissa Espinoza, who ran for Hall. Megan Holseyâ€™s single scored both Gomez and Rebecca Gonza-les to make it 15-11, but Cierra Knox flied out to end the game.
Sweetwater had 13 hits in the game as Garcia, Holsey, Hall and Rebecca Gonzales had two apiece to lead the way. The next attempt to win a district game comes on Friday, when the Lady Mustangs travel to face Big Spring (2-5).