Lady Stangs win; Stangs fall

April 20, 2011

Kelsi Crosson of Sweetwater (left) looks toward the plate while Ashtin Hand of Snyder tries to hold her at third base during Tuesday’s game played in Snyder. The Lady Mustangs won, 6-2, in nine innings to finish in a tie for third with Big Spring in district play with a 3-5 record. (Photo by Ron Howell)

Despite sweeping Snyder in District 5-3A play this season, while also finishing in a tie with Big Spring for third place in district after a 6-2, nine-inning victory on Tuesday at Snyder in its season finale, Sweetwater’s softball team will not get a chance at the playoffs. Big Spring and Sweetwater both finished with 3-5 records, but Sweetwater lost both district games to Big Spring this season.
Tuesday’s win was still a nice way to finish, and Sweetwater’s District 5-3A fate wasn’t sealed until Wylie (2-6) lost its finale to district champion Brown-wood 19-7 on Tuesday.
Had Wylie been able to beat Brownwood (8-0), it would have created a three-way tie for third place and set up a mini-playoff to decide the No. 3 berth.
Despite the loss, Snyder (4-4) is the No. 2 team in district. Sweetwater finishes its season with a 12-13 overall record.
Senior Taylor McKoy was the winning pitcher for the Lady Mustangs, who also beat Snyder 2-0 in the teams’ previous meeting.
Sweetwater and Snyder were tied 1-1 after seven innings, and again at 2-2 after eight, until a four-run ninth finally won it. Suede Shirley’s triple drove in the go-ahead run after Jerren Villa singled to lead off the inning, and both McKoy and Kelsi Crosson later came up with run-scoring singles.
Snyder, after tying the game in the eighth, was retired in order by McKoy in the ninth. But the Lady Tigers will still go to the playoffs. In her final game with Sweetwater, McKoy held Snyder to just five hits and fanned seven.
Alicia Finn, Crosson and Shirley had two hits each for Sweetwater. Finn’s sin-gle in the first inning scored Shirley, who led off the game with a double. The 1-0 lead held up until Snyder tied it in the third inning on an RBI hit by Ashtin Hand. The game stayed at 1-1 until the top of the eighth, when McKoy walked, stole second and third and scored for Sweetwater thanks to interference by Snyder’s third baseman, which was ruled by umpires after McKoy was originally called out at home while trying to score on a ground ball by teammate Kinsey Browning.
The Sweetwater baseball team will also miss the postseason this year and has just one game remaining.
The Mustangs fell to 1-6 in district after losing their game Tuesday to Snyder, 14-4, in five innings.
With the win, the Tigers (5-2) kept their chances of being district co-champions alive. They got help from Wylie (6-2), which also has a shot after beating Brown-wood 10-5 on Tuesday.
Wylie, Snyder and first-place Brownwood (6-1) face the possiblity of a three-way tie for the district lead, as well as a mini-playoff to determine the seeding from District 5-3A, if Snyder can beat Brownwood on Friday. Sweetwater travels to Big Spring (0-7) to wrap up its 2011 season on Friday.

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