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After storming past their first two opponents, the Sweetwater 10-11 year-old all-stars looked to be on their way to another convincing win on Friday when they led 4-1 after the first 1 1/2 innings against Wylie. But one dramatic hit â€” a grand slam homer by Wylieâ€™s Conner Carlton â€” changed all that as the visitors rallied to defeat Sweetwater, 8-6, in their District 5 semifinal at Sweetwaterâ€™s Major League field that sent Wylie to Mondayâ€™s title game.
Sweetwater, meanwhile, got a rematch against Snyder â€” its first tourna-ment victim â€” on Saturday in the losers bracket final. Snyder beat Clyde, 13-6, in Fridayâ€™s other semifinal. Sweetwater needed a win to face Wylie for the championship, while another loss meant elimination. Mondayâ€™s winner advances to sectional play.
Carltonâ€™s blast comple-ted a five-run Wylie rally in the second inning.
Sweetwater scored twice in the first and second in-nings. Kiante McCoy and Mason Maxwell had RBI hits in the first inning, and another two runs scored when a fly ball hit by Jordan McGee was dropped for an error. But Carlton came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second and put Wylie ahead 6-4 with his home run. Carlton also had an RBI single and a double in the game.
Sweetwater trailed 8-4 until scoring twice in the fifth inning on a bases-loaded grounder by Chris Thompson and Taylor Turneyâ€™s RBI single.
Sweetwater threatened again in the sixth when Ky Hoover singled with two outs, but Carlton struck out Sweetwaterâ€™s next hitter to end the game.