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