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The Wood Bat Classic at Newman Park which ended Saturday produced both good news and bad news for the host team.
The good news: Sweet-water went 3-1, equalling the best record among the six teams in the event. Wall and Ranger Junior Collegeâ€™s JV were also 3-1. However, a total of three players were injured at the Classic during the weekend as well.
After an 8-7 win Thurs-day over Clyde, Sweetwater (7-4) beat Wall 9-4 Friday. On Saturday, it defeated Pampa 6-2 in the morning before losing 7-4 in its final game to Ranger Junior Col-legeâ€™s JV team.
The Mustangs will return to play when they travel to Andrews for a single game at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
A seven-run first inning catapulted Sweetwater to its victory over Wall, which led 3-0 before the Mustangs came to bat.
Ryan Linebaugh led off with a double and Stephen May, Shawn Campbell, Sean Morrow, Dylan Bennett and Kaleb Hoover all singled before Gabriel Melendezâ€™s two-RBI double capped the big inning. Linebaugh, who hurt his ankle in Saturdayâ€™s finale, also scored on Mor-rowâ€™s single in the fourth inning. Hoover pitched a seven-inning complete game to get the victory.
Against Pampa, Sweet-water had just five hits but went ahead to stay (4-2) with a two-run third inning. The Mustangs added single tallies in the fifth and sixth to claim their fifth consecu-tive win this season.
Sweetwater went ahead 2-1 in the first on a one-out walk, an error and James Cliftâ€™s two-RBI double.
In the Mustangsâ€™ two-run third inning, May drilled a one-out triple and scored on Campbellâ€™s squeeze bunt, and Bennett singled to score Campbell. In the fifth, Campbell reached on an error and eventually scored on Cole Maxwellâ€™s sacrifice fly. The final run in the sixth came on an error that scored courtesy runner Quentin Wetsel. Clift hurled a seven-inning complete game to get the win.
Against Ranger, Sweet-water fell behind 4-1 after 2 1/2 innings and was never able to catch up.
The Mustangs had nine hits but also five errors as their five-game winning streak was halted.
Sweetwaterâ€™s only lead (1-0) came when Linebaugh led off with a single and scored on Morrowâ€™s single in the first inning. In the third inning, Morrow had a double to score Nick Nemir, who ran for Linebaugh af-ter he was hurt. Bennett scored in the fourth on an error, and Campbell tripled to score May in the seventh with the final run.