Tigers rally late to beat S’water 7-4

April 7, 2014

Sweetwater first baseman Greg Aiken awaits the throw on Friday as Snyder’s Colby Anderson tries to beat it. (Photo by Betsy Howe)

Two weeks ago, life was sweet for the Sweetwater baseball team.
The Mustangs were 15-3 overall, had a 12-game win-ning streak and were 2-0 in district play.
But since that time, not much has gone Sweetwater’s way.
The team lost its third straight Friday, falling 7-4 to Snyder at Sportsman’s Park in a game that saw the Tigers push across five runs in the final two innings — largely due to miscues com-mitted by the Mustangs — in rallying back from a 3-2 deficit.
Snyder used two infield hits, a balk and two errors to score twice and go up 4-3 in the top of the sixth inning. Then, after Sweetwater tied it in the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers loaded the bases on a hit batter and two singles and broke the tie when two runs scored on an in-field error. Another single plated a third run for a 7-4 advantage before the inning was finally over.
Sweetwater made things interesting in its last at bat. The Mustangs had the po-tential game-winning run at the plate with two outs af-ter Kaleb Hoover singled, James Clift reached on an error and Hayden Reeves was hit by a pitch. But Tyler Beasley, who had doubled and singled in his previous two at bats, with the double scoring J.P. Poe to give the Mustangs a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning — struck out to end the game.
With the win, Snyder not only improved to 4-1 in dis-trict play and 14-6 for the season, but moved into a tie for first place with Wylie after the previously unbeaten Bulldogs suffered their first loss, 5-4, to Big Spring in nine innings Friday.
Sweetwater, meanwhile, fell into a tie for fourth place with Monahans at 2-3. The Loboes — who began the Mustangs’ woes with a 7-3 win on March 25 — defeated last-place Greenwood 4-3.
With its win, Big Spring (3-2) is in third place in district. Greenwood, which will play Sweetwater here on Tuesday, is last at 0-5.
Snyder used three hits to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning. But Sweetwater got a run back in the second as Greg Aiken led off with a double, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Hoover and scored on Poe’s groundball. An error on a single by Hayden Reeves tied it 2-2 prior to Beasley’s go-ahead double in the fourth.
Sweetwater had runners on base in each of the final four innings, but left nine of them stranded — 11 in all — to Snyder’s four. The loss wasted a decent outing by Clift, who allowed just three earned runs and struck out seven with no walks. The senior ace did surrender nine hits, but all but one of them were singles.

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