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The Sweetwater softball team got its first district win Tuesday with a 7-6 victory at Wylie, but the baseball team dropped a 14-13 decision in its District 5-3A opener as Wylie made an incredible rally from an 11-1 deficit by scoring 13 runs in the final three innings.
Sweetwater 7, Wylie 6
ABILENE â€” The Lady Mustangsâ€™ second game on the road in as many days had a much happier result than Mondayâ€™s 11-9 loss to Big Spring, as Sweetwater jumped out to a 6-0 lead and held on to improve to 1-1 (9-9 overall) in district.
The Lady Mustangs got two huge defensive outs at third base in the bottom of the seventh to finally subdue the Lady Bulldogs, who saw their records fall to 7-12 and 0-1.
Wylieâ€™s Chelsea Contreras led off the inning with a triple, but was picked off on a throw from Sweetwater catcher Keyli Turner to third baseman Kinsey Browning. Wylieâ€™s next three batters â€” Kimber Bean, Emily Fitz-hugh and Melissa Lunsford â€” also hit safely to narrow the lead to 7-6. But Fitz-hugh was caught in a run-down between home and third base and was eventually tagged by Browning for the second out. Sweetwater secured the win on a popout to shortstop Suede Shirley, whose game-ending catch gave the Lady Mustangs their first district victory in two years.
Sweetwater took a quick 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run homer by Alicia Finn that also scored Shir-ley, and Turnerâ€™s RBI single scored Taylor McKoy later in the inning. In the fourth, Finn doubled to score Kelsi Crosson and two more runs scored on errors, making it 6-0. McKoyâ€™s RBI grounder scored Loni Mendez, who singled, in the sixth inning.
ABILENE â€” Sweetwater appeared to be headed to a lopsided victory after scor-ing five runs in the first and fourth innings and one in the second for an 11-1 lead. But Wylie got six runs in the fourth, four more in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull off its remarkable comeback as the Mustangs fell to 10-10-1 overall. Wylie is now 10-8.
Sweetwaterâ€™s first six bat-ters all got on base as the Mustangs jumped out to a 5-0 lead, and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly scored another run in the second inning.
Starter Kris Mayes was staked to an 11-1 lead after Sweetwater got five more runs in the fourth with the help of two Wylie errors, but the gameâ€™s momentum suddenly swung in Wylieâ€™s favor after the hosts plated six runs to get within 11-7, and the Bulldogs were just getting started.
An RBI single by Sterling Reeves scored Ryan Line-baugh in the fifth for a 12-7 lead, and Tanner Crainâ€™s single scored Sweewaterâ€™s final run in the top of the sixth to make it 13-11. But Wylie scored the winning runs in the bottom of the frame, getting an RBI double by Colin Harris that was followed by Dylan Westâ€™s two-run homer.
Sweetwater threatened in the top of the seventh after a leadoff double by Sean Morrow and Reevesâ€™ fielderâ€™s choice, but three strikeouts ended the game.