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Although Sweetwater was the host team for the Wes Bishop Wood Bat Classic at Sportsmanâ€™s Park, the Mus-tangs werenâ€™t very generous to their opponents.
After opening their three-day event with a 4-0 win over Pampa on Thursday, Sweetwater (7-3) picked up three more wins over the weekend with a reliable combination of great pitching, timely hits and solid defense to finish with a 4-0 Classic record on Saturday.
Though they were unable to match the no-hitter that staff ace James Clift threw at Pampa in the opener, the other three starting pitchers â€” Hayden Reeves, Stephen May and J.P. Poe â€” all threw quite effectively during their time on the mound.
Reeves, the only one not in last yearâ€™s rotation, had a complete game one-hitter for the second straight game and struck out seven over seven innings in the teamâ€™s 8-2 win over San Angelo Lake View on Friday. May followed that in Saturdayâ€™s opening game against Clyde with a second straight com-plete game of his own. May allowed just three hits and struck out five batters, while also getting plenty of offensive support in an 11-0 win in five innings.
Poe pitched the first six innings in Saturdayâ€™s finale, and struck out 11 Ballinger hitters in a contest that Sweetwater won 5-1, while giving up just two hits. Scott Warner pitched a scoreless seventh for the Mustangs, who allowed just three runs in four tournament games while scoring 28. However, Sweetwaterâ€™s hitters were mostly silent vs. San Angelo Lake View until an eight-run sixth inning that wiped out what had been a 2-0 Chiefsâ€™ advantage.
Isaiah McGee led off the sixth with a single, and doubles by Poe and Dylan Bennett tied it at 2. Kaleb Hooverâ€™s single then scored Bennett and May for a 4-2 lead and James Clift also had a two-RBI single that made it 6-2. Poe and Bennett had RBI singles to complete the uprising.
Sweetwater scored nine runs in the first vs. Clyde with Reeves and Tyler Beasley getting RBI singles and May delivering a two-RBI double to complete the outburst. Scott Warner had a two-RBI single in the fourth. Against Ballinger, it was tied 1-1 until the fifth when Quentin Wetsel hit an RBI single and McGee had a two-run triple.