ABILENE â€” Friday may be the last time that Sweet-water and Wylie are district rivals for a long time.
For Sweetwater, the score at Bulldog Field â€” a 1-0 victory for Wylie â€” means that its 2014 season may not last much longer. It sets up a huge game on Tuesday at Snyder â€” a game where a Sweetwater loss could end its playoff hopes. Sweetwa-ter, Snyder and Monahans now share third place in District 4-3A with 4-5 rec-ords as a result of Fridayâ€™s other developments in the district, but just two of them will play on after their sea-son finales on Tuesday.
For Sweetwater to make the playoffs, it must beat Snyder or hope Monahans loses to Greenwood (1-8) in its finale.
Sweetwater and Mona-hans would finish in a tie for fourth if they both lose. Since the teams have split their two district games, it would then require a one-game playoff to decide the No. 4 district berth, while Snyder would finish as the No. 3 team. The Mustangs and Monahans would tie for third place if they both win, which may or may not necessitate an extra game.
But if Sweetwater loses and Monahans wins, the Mustangsâ€™ season is over.
Sweetwater, which was shut out for the first time this year, got singles by Ste-phen May in the first inning and J.P. Poe in the fifth off Wylieâ€™s Blake Frampton, but those were the only two hits. Wylie had nine hits, but its only run came in the third on an infield single that scored Colby Awalt from third base. The win gave Wylie (8-1) the 4-3A title as Big Spring (6-3) lost to Monahans 3-2 in nine innings. If Monahans and Sweetwater meet again, it would their fourth time to face each other â€” in the previous three, the Mustangs won twice. However, the first win came before 4-3A play began, so it wonâ€™t count if they need to play again.
Fridayâ€™s losing pitcher, Hayden Reeves, went the distance for Sweetwater as the junior did a fine job on the mound in his first start in district play. Reeves gave up just the one run in the third inning and was almost able to match Frampton, who receive more offensive support. Wylieâ€™s only run was preceded by a walk and single, and Jason Bounds beat out an infield roller to score what proved to be the winning run for the state-ranked Bulldogs.