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Even though the No. 2 spot in District 4-3A was already assured, Saturdayâ€™s 6-5 loss to Wylie is not the way Sweetwaterâ€™s softball team wanted to end its regular season heading into the Class 3A playoffs.
The Lady Mustangs â€” who face Pecos in a best-of-three series starting Thurs-day â€” rallied from an early 3-0 deficit by pushing across five unanswered runs for a 5-3 lead over Wylie head-ing into the visitorsâ€™ final at bat in the seventh. But Sweetwater had no answer for Makenley Lunsford.
Lansford, who gave the Lady Bulldogs their early 3-0 advantage by blasting a three-run homer in the first inning, came up in the seventh with two on base again â€” and ripped her second three-run homer as Wylie regained a 6-5 lead and held on for the win. Wylie ends up 3-7 in District 4-3A play while Sweetwater, which lost its second straight, fin-ishes 6-4 in district play â€” three games behind district champion Snyder, which was 9-1 this season.
Kelsi Crosson homered for Sweetwater, which beat out third-place Big Spring by a game, while Morgan Gomez, Megan Holsey and Suede Shirley had doubles. Kelsi Crosson, Maty Mont-gomery and Jerren Villa all finished with two hits.
Sweetwater (20-13 over-all) steadily fought its way back after the slow start with single runs in the first, third and fifth to tie it at 3, then went ahead 5-3 with two runs in the sixth.
Sweetwater took the lead when Kendra Crosson, who reached on a fielderâ€™s choice, stole second and scored on a two-out double by Holsey.
Gomez then increased the Lady Mustangsâ€™ lead to 5-3 when she reached on an error that brought home Holsey. Wylie shut down Sweetwater in the bottom of the seventh, however, by retiring the last two hitters after Montgomery singled and Villa drew a walk for the Lady Mustangs.
Kelsi Crosson got Sweet-water within 3-2 when she homered in the third inning. Gomez scored the first run when she walked, stole second and came home on Kelsi Crossonâ€™s single and an outfield error, as well as the third run in the fifth. Gomez reached on a one-out double and scored when Shirley was safe on an error. Sweetwater stranded 10 runners against Wylie, with at least one in each inning.
With the exception of the two homers, Montgomery pitched well against Wylie as she shut them out for five innings. She gave up 10 hits and struck out six.
Sweetwaterâ€™s last three games have all been decided by a single run.