Yearly baseball event honoring Wes Bishop
Play at the annual Wood Bat Classic in Sweetwater began today and continues through Saturday at Sports-man Park with a new name — the West Bishop Wood Bat Classic — as a way to honor the former director of physical therapy at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, who died this past October.Bishop, a native of Sny-der and a member of Sny-der’s Athletic Hall of Hon-or, was very active in youth sports while at Sweetwater and instrumental in the renovation of Sweetwater High School’s baseball field. He was also coached youth baseball for 20 years.Sweetwater is 3-3 for the season after the Mustangs, who played at 9 a.m. today against Hamlin, went 3-2 at the Granbury tournament.Sweetwater won each of its first three games, beating Fort Worth Paschal (4-1), Granbury (3-2) and Fort Worth Western Hills (14-0) to improve to 3-1 for the season before losing its final two games to Abilene Cooper (5-6) and Ranger Junior College’s JV (8-15).Stephen May, James Clift and Hayden Reeves pitched complete-game wins, allow-ing a total of just one earned run. May struck out seven and allowed just six hits over seven innings; Clift struck out four and like May also allowed just six hits in seven innings; and Reeves fanned 10 batters in his four-inning stint while allowing just one hit in a contest decided by the 10-run mercy rule.J.P. Poe also threw a complete game against Abilene Cooper, allowing just one earned run in six innings on the mound. Tate Beasley threw three innings and Scott Warner and Hunter Mobley finished up against Ranger Junior College’s JV team.May and Kaleb Hoover had two hits and one RBI against Fort Worth Paschal, where the Mustangs rallied from an early 1-0 deficit.Against Granbury, Clift also had two hits and the team’s only RBI at the plate while against Western Hills, Greg Aiken, Michael Law-rence, Poe and Beasley had two hits to pace an 11-hit attack. Aiken had four RBI and Lawrence and Mobley two, while Poe, Beasley and Isaiah McGee also drove in runs. Poe scored three runs and Aiken, Beasley, Dylan Bennett and Lawrence two.Poe, Reeves and Mobley had the only hits against Cooper. May and Beasley had two hits and Reeves had two RBI vs. Ranger.