After a thrilling start to the week that saw Sweetwaterâ€™s softball team clinch its first playoff berth in 16 years, the Lady Mustangs hosted first-place Brownwood Friday and pounded out 10 hits off ace pitcher Sydney Laws â€” including solo homers by Suede Shirley and Claire Williams. It was not enough, however, as Brownwood (7-0) won, 15-3, to clinch its third straight district title.
With the loss, Sweetwa-ter â€” which is 4-3 in district â€” fell into a second-place tie with Snyder. The teams will meet in a season-ending showdown on Tuesday to decide the districtâ€™s No. 2 and No. 3 playoff seeds.
Sweetwater entered Fri-dayâ€™s home game on a roll after consecutive wins on the road over Snyder, Big Spring and Wylie. But the Lady â€˜Stangs couldnâ€™t stay with Brownwood, which has now won an amazing 25 consecutive district games.
Shirleyâ€™s first-inning blast allowed Sweetwater to tie the game briefly at 1. Williamsâ€™ homer in the fifth helped the Lady Mustangs keep Brownwood from win-ning by the 10-run rule.
In addition to her pitch-ing, Laws hit a homer for Brownwood as did Shelbi Winstead. And that was just part of the damage as the visitors had 17 hits, with five of them for extra bases.
Sweetwaterâ€™s only other run against the Lady Lions came in the second inning, when Shirley singled to score Alicia Finn. Her hit, the third of the inning, narrowed the lead to 5-2, and a walk loaded the bases. But Sweetwater never got any closer than that. Williams finished with three hits to lead the offensive attack, and seven players had at least one hit.