SNYDER — Sweetwater’s freshman pitcher Maddie Berry matched Snyder’s ace, senior Adrianna Hernan-dez, through the first four innings of Friday’s district softball opener in Snyder as the game was still tied 0-0 when the Lady Tigers batted in the bottom of fifth.
And even after Snyder got on the board after a single, stolen base and throwing error, the Lady Mustangs kept damage to a minimum by throwing out two other baserunners in the inning.
However, five runs by the Lady Tigers in the sixth was too much for Sweetwater to overcome, turning what had been a close game into a 6-0 Snyder victory.
Things started well as Berry retired Snyder’s first two hitters, but she was lifted after the next seven reached base including a three-run blast by Hernan-dez and a solo shot by Lindzi Clemmer that put the Lady Tigers firmly in control.
Then there was Hernan-dez’s pitching — a no-hitter where she allowed just three baserunners, all on errors with two of them erased by double plays. Only Savanna Hall in the second inning, Berry in the sixth and Cier-ra Knox in the seventh got on base for Sweetwater. The Lady Mustangs made it interesting in the sixth inning when Shaneese Brown, inserted in the game as Berry’s courtesy runner, got to second with one out on a sacrifice by Annaliese Espinoza with Snyder up just 1-0. But a strikeout and groundout to first ended the threat. Snyder (18-4) won 10-0 in the teams’ last game in Snyder in 2013 as Hernandez threw a one-hit shutout. However, the Lady Mustangs (9-7 overall) were much more competitive this time, keeping it close almost to the end.
Though not happy with his team’s lack of offense, coach Tony Heredia was otherwise optimistic and proud of his team at game’s end on Friday. “I was very pleased with the defense and our pitching,” he said. “We held them for 6 2/3. We just couldn’t get the last out. But I’m optimistic and very proud of our girls.”
Sweetwater will travel to Midland Greenwood, which lost 7-5 to Monahans in its opener, this Tuesday. The Lady Mustangs will host Big Spring on Friday.
Sweetwater’s JV also lost, 10-4, to Snyder in its 4-3A opener. Three of the four runs came in the last two innings, two on a double by Lena Lovelady.