Mustangs’ 13-6 loss creates 4-team logjam for 2nd place

April 2, 2012

Sweetwater’s Willie Norman looks up after sliding safely into home to score the Mustangs’ first run against Snyder on Friday (Photo by Ron Howell)

SNYDER — After starting a four-game road gauntlet through District 5-3A with an impressive 14-8 win over Brownwood on Tuesday, Sweetwater’s baseball team had a chance to move into undisputed second place by beating Snyder on Friday.
But after taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, things gradually fell apart for the Mustangs as Snyder — which came in desperately needing a win after starting out district 0-2 — roared back for a 13-6 win at Moffett Field.
Snyder had 15 hits, including nine doubles, and took advantage of seven errors by Sweetwater in the contest. The win, coupled with first-place Wylie’s 4-1 win over Brownwood, leaves four teams — Sweetwater, Snyder, Brownwood and Big Spring — tied for second place with 1-2 records. Wylie, the district’s only other team, is 4-0. Sweet-water’s next game will be at Big Spring on Tuesday.
Sweetwater used two hits, two walks and an error to grab its early lead, but it didn’t last long as Snyder scored five runs in the bot-tom of the first. Sweetwater tied it 5-5 with two runs in the third until Snyder went ahead to stay by scoring a total of seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings to chase Mustang starting pitcher Kaleb Hoover.
Snyder pitcher Robbie Rinehart allowed just four hits, but walked six and Snyder also committed five errors. Ryan Linebaugh had two of the hits, including a double that scored Willie Norman with the first run. An error on Dylan Bennett’s ground ball then allowed two more runs to score in the inning.
A squeeze bunt by Shawn Campbell cut it to 5-4 after Linebaugh reached on an infield single and error in the third. James Clift then singled in Greg Aiken, who walked, to tie the game.
The Mustangs’ only other run came in the sixth when Sean Morrow reached on an error to score Bray Amos, who entered as a courtesy runner after Brandon How-ell drew a leadoff walk.

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