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After suffering their first loss on Friday, Sweetwaterâ€™s 10-11 year-old Little League all-stars have rediscovered the magic that has them one win away from going to a sectional tournament for the second straight year.
Sweetwater, which fell to the losers bracket after an 8-6 defeat Friday against Wylie in the semifinals, got some sweet revenge with a 7-5 victory when the teams met again on Monday in the championship game at Sweetwaterâ€™s Major League field. Since both teams now have one loss, they will meet again at 7 p.m. today to decide the District 5 title at the same location.
In order to face Wylie again, Sweetwater had to beat Snyder, 8-5, in the losers bracket final of the tournament on Saturday.
Despite out-hitting Wylie 10-4 in Mondayâ€™s rematch, Sweetwater had to rally from a 4-2 deficit after 3 1/2 innings to take a 7-4 lead and then survive a harrowing finish, as Wylie loaded the bases twice in the top of the sixth inning without getting a hit. But after giv-ing up a bases-loaded walk, Sweetwater pitcher Kobe Clark fanned Wylieâ€™s next hitter to end the game.
Sweetwater used a pair of fourth-inning runs to tie it at 4-4, then went up 7-4 by scoring three more times in the fifth.
Sweetwater took a 5-4 lead on consecutive doubles by Jordan McGee and Kiante McCoy to start the inning. McCoy was called out trying to score on Mason Maxwellâ€™s single, but Chris Thompsonâ€™s triple scored Maxwell for a 6-4 lead and Thompson then came home on an error. McGee and Thompson had two hits and Clark, McCoy, Ky Hoover, Maxwell, Isak Alvarez and Taylor Turney one, while Thompson scored three runs and Alvarez two.
McCoy pitched the first 4 1/3 innings and Clark finished up for Sweetwater, which went to sectionals in 2010 when the same players were 9- and 10-year-olds.
Sweetwater trailed 1-0 in the top of the first against Snyder, but came back to score three runs in the bottom of the inning and three more in the second. Sweetwater needed just one hit to score its first three runs, while in the second, McGee blasted a three-run homer that also scored Clark and Hoover. Snyder closed to within 6-3 until Maxwell ripped a single to score both McGee and Hoover and get the lead back to five. Max-well, McGee, McCoy and Alvarez all pitched.