S’water scores 15 to rip Monahans, gain 3rd-place tie

April 16, 2014

Sweetwater third baseman Tyler Beasley (left) and pitcher J.P. Poe visit prior to Tuesday’s district game with Monahans. Beasley had three hits and Poe allowed just two as the Mustangs beat the Loboes, 15-1, at Sportsman’s Park. (Photo by Ron Howell)

The number 15 has signi-fied a lot of things for the Sweetwater baseball team this season when it comes to Monahans.
It represents the number of wins the Mustangs had during their 15-3 start this season before a 7-3 loss at Monahans on March 25.
It also represents the total number of runs the team had scored in its last four games since that loss as the team endured a 1-4 tailspin. But on Tuesday, in their final home game, it represented the Mustangs’ final score in a 15-1 win over the Loboes in five innings at Sportsman’s Park.
Sweetwater (4-4 in district and 17-7 overall) is tied with Snyder for third place in district with two games left. Snyder lost 9-3 to first-place Wylie on Tuesday.
Monahans is 3-5 as the Loboes dropped to fifth. It doesn’t get any easier for Sweetwater as the team goes to Wylie (7-1) on Friday, and ends the regular season at Snyder on April 22.
Sweetwater got another great outing from J.P. Poe (5-2) on the mound as he allowed just two hits — both singles — while striking out eight and getting plenty of offensive support.
The 15 runs, which came in just four innings, were the second-most this sea-son. Sweetwater defeated Monahans, 16-2, in a non-district game back in early March when the Mustangs won first place at Midland Greenwood’s three-day tournament.
In each of the last six games, Sweetwater had let the other team score first — and early — and had been forced to play catchup from the beginning.
That finally changed on Tuesday as the Mustangs took a 3-0 lead in the bot-tom of the first inning with RBI hits from Greg Aiken and Poe, and made it 4-0 in the second when Aiken drew a bases-loaded walk. Sweetwater blew the game open with a five-run third against Monahans, then pushed across six more tal-lies in the fourth. Aiken and Tyler Beasley had three hits for Sweetwater and three others — Isaiah McGee, Kaleb Hoover and James Clift — had two. Aiken had three doubles, while Clift tripled and finished with two RBI as did Stephen May, who had a bases-loaded single that brought in four runs — including May — when the ball got past the outfielder to make it 13-0 in the fourth inning. The Mustangs added two more runs in the inning before the damage was done.
About the only disap-pointment for the Mustangs was their inability to get a shutout in the game. Mon-ahans scored in the fifth after a one-out single, a sacrifice and a throwing error that let the runner score after he broke for third.
In Tuesday’s softball game, Sweetwater lost to Monahans, 8-0, in its final home game.
The Lady Mustangs, who had four hits, fell to 0-9 in district (9-15 overall) while Monahans is 3-6, 14-11.
Four players had singles for Sweetwater — Cierra Knox, Lauren Jones, Mor-gan Gomez and Davina Walker — but Sweetwater was unable to score. It was the third shutout in district play for the Lady Mustangs, who trailed just 2-0 until the Lady Loboes scored five runs in the sixth inning.
Sweetwater was out-hit just 6-4, but had nine er-rors to Monahans’ none. The game goes to Wylie for its final game Friday.

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