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The Sweetwater baseball team ended its losing streak with a 5-1 win here Tuesday over Greenwood, while the Sweetwater softball team had its best offensive effort in district play despite falling to 0-7 in a 15-11 loss to Greenwood.
Both teams resume 4-3A play by visiting Big Spring today, and for the baseball team (3-3), a win over the Steers (4-2) plus a loss by Snyder (4-2) at Monahans (2-4) would put Sweetwater in a tie for second place. Big Spring, though, has won four straight after starting out 0-2, including a 5-4 victory over first-place Wylie (5-1) on April 4 in a game that took nine innings. The Mustangs had lost three straight before Tuesday, but Coach Roland Herreraâ€™s team â€” bolstered by a strong pitching performance by J.P. Poe â€” completed its recent three-game homestand with a victory at Sportsmanâ€™s Park over the Rangers, who fell to 0-6.
A three-run fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie as Poe, James Clift and Hayden Reeves had RBIs. Greg Aikenâ€™s sac fly gave Sweetwater its final run in the sixth. Poe held the Rangers scoreless over the final six innings after Greenwood took a 1-0 lead. He allowed just six hits and Greenwoodâ€™s run in the first inning was unearned.
Tonight represents a last stand for the softball team, which trails Big Spring and Monahans â€” who are both 2-5 â€” by two games for the final playoff spot with just three left to play.Sweetwater must win its remaining games, the next two of which are against Big Spring and Monahans, to have any postseason hopes.