DENVER CITY â€” A third inning that saw Sweetwa-terâ€™s ace pitcher, J.P. Poe, allow four runs and six hits in the teamâ€™s Class 3A bi-district series opener with Pecos was only a blip.
Sweetwater quickly tied it 4-4 by scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning on Friday. It didnâ€™t stop there, as the Mustangs continued the assault by scoring four more runs over the next three innings. Poe, mean-while, regained his form en route to an 8-4 victory,
The decisive comeback meant that Sweetwater (19-9) needed just one more win on Saturday to advance to the area playoffs.
Sweetwater had just two hits in its four-run third, including an RBI double by Stephen May. But three straight walks brought in two more runs. The Mus-tangs tied it 4-4 on Hayden Reevesâ€™ fly ball that scored Tyler Beasley, who began the walkfest.
Sweetwater then took a 6-4 lead with two more runs in the fourth inning and never looked back. Poe and Dylan Bennett singled and May was hit by a pitch to load the bases, setting the stage for Greg Aikenâ€™s RBI single that scored Poeâ€™s courtesy runner, Quentin Wetsel, and Bennett.
Sweetwater tacked on runs in the next two innings to give itself additional breathing room. In the fifth, Michael Lawrence doubled with two outs to score Kal-eb Hoover, who singled and stole second. In the sixth, Bennett singled, moved to third on a groundball out and Beasleyâ€™s single and scored on a balk.
Poe, who improved to 7-2 this season, was in total command after the third, retiring 12 of the last 13 batters. Also, he was 3-of-4 at the plate to pace an 11-hit attack. Bennett had two hits and May, Beasley, Aiken, Hoover, Lawrence and James Clift one. Every star-ter finished with at least one hit, run or RBI, and Wetsel and Bennett scored twice.
Another win would also give Sweetwater a 20-win season for the first time since the 2004 season.