S’water done in by big inning in loss to P-Duro

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

LITTLEFIELD — A big inning — a seven-run fifth — was too much for Sweetwater’s baseball team to overcome Friday despite a strong finish.
Amarillo Palo Duro used that seven-run inning as a springboard to its 11-6 win, despite a four-run rally by Sweetwater in its final at bat in the seventh inning.
Sweetwater (0-2) led 1-0 in the top of the third after singles by Justen Gomez and Isak Alvarez, a passed ball and Kiante McCoy’s RBI ground ball out. But Palo Duro took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third before exploding for seven run in the fifth on seven hits plus three walks, two errors and three wild pitches to increase its lead to 9-1.
Sweetwater got one run back in the sixth on a solo homer by Mason Maxwell, but gave up two more runs to Palo Duro in the bottom of the inning before staging a four-run rally in the top of the seventh.
Tyler Warner walked to start the inning and went to third on Tristan Longoria’s single until an RBI triple by Ky Hoover scored them both. Alvarez then singled to score Hoover and he scored on an RBI single by Chris Thompson to cut the lead to 11-6 before the rally ended. Palo Duro out-hit Sweetwater 15-7 and the Mustangs had three errors.
Tony Heredia started on the mound and went 4.1 innings, allowing seven runs and 10 hits, before he was replaced by Maxwell, who went the final 1.2 innings and was charged with four runs and five hits.
Sweetwater will see action again Tuesday when it hosts Midland Greenwood at 6 p.m. in its home opener, then hosts the Wes Bishop Classic, its annual three-day tournament, next Thursday through Saturday.
Wylie will co-sponsor and also host games at the event this year along with Sweet-water, which plays a total of five games — two on Thursday, two on Friday and one on Saturday.