Although Sweetwater was the host team for the Wes Bishop Wood Bat Classic at Sportsman’s Park, the Mus-tangs weren’t very generous to their opponents.
After opening their three-day event with a 4-0 win over Pampa on Thursday, Sweetwater (7-3) picked up three more wins over the weekend with a reliable combination of great pitching, timely hits and solid defense to finish with a 4-0 Classic record on Saturday.
Though they were unable to match the no-hitter that staff ace James Clift threw at Pampa in the opener, the other three starting pitchers — Hayden Reeves, Stephen May and J.P. Poe — all threw quite effectively during their time on the mound.
Reeves, the only one not in last year’s rotation, had a complete game one-hitter for the second straight game and struck out seven over seven innings in the team’s 8-2 win over San Angelo Lake View on Friday. May followed that in Saturday’s opening game against Clyde with a second straight com-plete game of his own. May allowed just three hits and struck out five batters, while also getting plenty of offensive support in an 11-0 win in five innings.
Poe pitched the first six innings in Saturday’s finale, and struck out 11 Ballinger hitters in a contest that Sweetwater won 5-1, while giving up just two hits. Scott Warner pitched a scoreless seventh for the Mustangs, who allowed just three runs in four tournament games while scoring 28. However, Sweetwater’s hitters were mostly silent vs. San Angelo Lake View until an eight-run sixth inning that wiped out what had been a 2-0 Chiefs’ advantage.
Isaiah McGee led off the sixth with a single, and doubles by Poe and Dylan Bennett tied it at 2. Kaleb Hoover’s single then scored Bennett and May for a 4-2 lead and James Clift also had a two-RBI single that made it 6-2. Poe and Bennett had RBI singles to complete the uprising.
Sweetwater scored nine runs in the first vs. Clyde with Reeves and Tyler Beasley getting RBI singles and May delivering a two-RBI double to complete the outburst. Scott Warner had a two-RBI single in the fourth. Against Ballinger, it was tied 1-1 until the fifth when Quentin Wetsel hit an RBI single and McGee had a two-run triple.