The start of the Sweet-water baseball teamâ€™s Dis-trict 4-3A home opener was hardly what the Mustangs wanted, as they trailed visiting Big Spring 4-0 before coming to bat in the bottom of the first inning.
But Sweetwater is 2-0 in District 4-3A â€” and 15-3 overall â€” after its 12th con-secutive win as the Mus-tangs rallied to defeat the Steers, 9-6, here Friday.
Big Spring (0-2) did most of its first-inning damage on a bases-loaded triple by Brett Brorman. Sweetwater began its comeback almost immediately, however, by scoring a run in the bottom of the first â€” and it wasnâ€™t long until the Mustangs had completely dug out from their four-run deficit.
After all, Sweetwater has been in much worse spots. It trailed Andrews 8-3 ear-lier this month before scor-ing six runs in its final at bat for a 9-8 victory. This time, Hayden Reeves (5-1) settled down quickly to get the win on the mound for the Mustangs as he pitched into the sixth inning before James Clift â€” in a rare relief role â€” got his first save of the season.
Dylan Bennett got Sweet-waterâ€™s comeback started in the first inning when he singled and advanced all the way to third on an errant throw by the Steersâ€™ third baseman. Kaleb Hoover then hit an RBI grounder to score Bennett. Sweetwater overcame a double play in the second to cut it to 4-2 on Tyler Beasleyâ€™s RBI single, then scored two more runs in the third to tie it 4-4.
Greg Aiken hit a double to score Bennett, and J.P. Poe drew a bases-loaded walk to score Aiken. Sweetwater took a 7-4 lead with three runs in the fourth on two hits, plus a passed ball and three walks. The passed ball scored Michael Lawrence, who drew a walk to lead off the inning and went to third on Bennettâ€™s single and a sacrifice bunt by Hoover before giving the Mustangs the lead, 5-4, on the passed ball. Aikenâ€™s sacrifice fly scored Bennett, and Stephen May, who walked, scored to make it a 7-4 game on Hayden Reevesâ€™ single.
The Mustangs increased their lead to 8-4 in the fifth when Beasley, who singled, went to second on a throw-ing error by the catcher and scored on Bennettâ€™s single.
The Mustangsâ€™ final run came in the sixth inning when Aiken doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored when Johnathan Browning, Cliftâ€™s courtesy runner, stole second.
Clift replaced Reeves on the mound in the top of the inning, and started a double play to end a Steers threat.