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ABILENE â€” There was plenty of drama Thursday at the District 5 Major League (ages 11-12) championship game between Sweetwater and Wylie that was held at Abileneâ€™s Will Hair Park.
The biggest drama came at the end of the game.
With the game tied 5-5 and one out in the bottom of the sixth and final inning, Sweetwaterâ€™s Kobe Clark reached first base when his outfield flyball was dropped for an error. Wylie, which had tied the game with a three-run homer in the fifth, brought in a new pitcher. However, Ky Hoover greeted him with a sharp single to right field. Clark took off and when the ball got past the right fielder, he was able to get around the bases and slide in just ahead of the tag at home plate for a thrilling 6-5 victory. The win qualifies Sweetwater for Little League sectional play that begins next week.
Wylie took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Sweetwater an-swered with four runs in the bottom of the frame and held the lead until the fifth, when Wylieâ€™s Blake Smith tied the game at 5 with a two-out, three-run blast off Sweetwater pitcher Jordan McGee. But McGee settled down, getting a flyball out to end the inning and then retiring Wylie in order in the top of the sixth to earn a complete-game victory.
Sweetwater had just five hits, three of them in the four-run first.
The big blows were a two-out, bases-loaded double by Chris Thompson that gave Sweetwater a 2-1 lead, and a two-RBI single by Taylor Turney that completed the teamâ€™s four-run uprising.
After Wylie cut it to 4-2, Sweetwater made it a 5-2 game when Isak Alvarez led off the second inning with a double and eventually came home on a sac fly by Clark.
Most of the players on this yearâ€™s team also played on last yearâ€™s 10-11 year-old team that beat Wylie 11-4 in the district title game held at Sweetwater. And many of those same players also were on a 9-10 year-old all-star team that also captured the District 5 title in 2010.