Mustangs alone in 1st after 2nd straight run-rule victory
The Sweetwater baseball team has been doing a lot of things right since district play began. The Mustangs are now 3-0 after Tuesday’s 11-1 victory over Monahans. That, along with a 10-9 Snyder win over Wylie, has vaulted Sweetwater to the top of the 4-3A standings.Sweetwater leads Big Spring — which shut out Greenwood 10-0 — Wylie and Snyder by a game as all of those teams are 2-1 in the district while Greenwood and Monahans are 0-3.But there are still seven games left, and the Mus-tangs’ hold on first place is about to get a severe test.Sweetwater returns to ac-tion at 4:30 p.m. Thursday when it goes to Wylie — the game was moved up in order to celebrate Good Friday.Sweetwater then receives an seven-day break before traveling to Snyder on April 5, then visiting Greenwood four days later to complete its three-game road trip.The Mustangs picked up a second straight run-rule win Tuesday, this time at home, with only a 6-5 edge in total hits. It was just 3-1 until a five-run fourth inning, followed by three more in the next two frames to end the game after six innings.J.P. Poe, who singled to start the big fourth inning, finished the game with a two-run single in the sixth that scored both Kaleb Hoover and Shawn Camp-bell, who had reached base on Monahans errors.Sweetwater led 2-0 in the first inning. Dylan Bennett singled and Stephen May was safe on an error that sent Bennett to third. Greg Aiken’s RBI grounder scored Bennett and May later came home on a wild pitch.Sweetwater’s lead was cut in half when Monahans got a run in the second. But Poe got the run back in the bot-tom of the frame when he walked, moved to third on a wild pitch and groundout and scored when Cole Max-well reached on another error by Monahans.Poe scored again when he led off the fourth with a single and came home on James Clift’s triple. Max-well’s sacrifice fly scored Nick Nemir, Clift’s courtesy runner, and another three runs made it 8-1 before the inning was finally over.Bennett singled and even-tually scored on a double steal to make it 6-1. Camp-bell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the next run, and Poe walked with the bases loaded to complete the damage.Bennett made it 9-1 in the fifth when he walked, stole second and scored on May’s RBI single. Errors that al-lowed Hoover and Camp-bell to reach in the sixth set the stage for Poe’s single that ended the game early.Clift got his second pitch-ing win in district play in as many starts, while hurling his second straight complete game as well. He gave up just five hits and struck out eight without a walk. The Mustangs were also solid in the field, committing just one error in the contest.