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It was simply no contest when visiting Snyder came to town Tuesday to face Sweetwater in a pair of key District 5-3A contests. The Tigersâ€™ baseball team romped to an 11-0 win to nail down a playoff spot and damage the Mustangsâ€™ hopes, while the Lady Tigersâ€™ softball team rolled to a 14-1 victory to earn the No. 2 playoff seed from the district. Sweetwater, enjoying its best season in years, will still go to the playoffs as the No. 3 seed later this month after finishing 4-4 in district play, while Snyder winds up 5-3. Brownwood, with an 8-0 record, is the district champion.
The Lady Tigers had 18 hits off Sweetwater pitcher Maty Montgomery, who kept the Lady Mustangs close until a six-run Snyder outburst in the fourth in-ning. Snyder had six hits in the frame to extend its lead from 2-0 to 8-0, and was also helped by two errors.
Sweetwater avoided a shutout when Claire Wil-liams blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. Kelsi Crosson and Megan Holsey collected doubles and Keyli Turner and Jackie Carey singled for Sweetwaterâ€™s only other hits in the game.
It wasnâ€™t any better for the baseball team (2-5), which despite Tuesdayâ€™s lopsided defeat is still in contention for a playoff spot in 5-3A if the Mustangs can bounce back this Friday and defeat Big Spring in their final regular season game.
The Tigers, who are now 4-3 in district play, finished Tuesdayâ€™s game with 13 hits in just five innings before the contest was ended due to the 10-run rule. But if Sweetwater wins Friday, it will be in two- or three-way tie for third place depending on the outcome of the other game between Snyder and Brownwood (2-5). Wylie (6-1), the 5-3A champ, ended its regular season Tuesday with a 4-3 win over the Lions while Big Spring (3-4) had an open date.
Snyder used a six-run fourth inning to break open Tuesdayâ€™s game. The Tigers got four hits and took ad-vantage of two errors to increase their lead from 3-0 to 9-0. Sweetwaterâ€™s only hits were singles by Greg Aiken in the first inning, Sean Morrow in the second inning, Willie Norman in the third inning and James Clift in the fifth inning.