The Sweetwater softball team got its first district win Tuesday with a 7-6 victory at Wylie, but the baseball team dropped a 14-13 decision in its District 5-3A opener as Wylie made an incredible rally from an 11-1 deficit by scoring 13 runs in the final three innings.
Sweetwater 7, Wylie 6
ABILENE — The Lady Mustangs’ second game on the road in as many days had a much happier result than Monday’s 11-9 loss to Big Spring, as Sweetwater jumped out to a 6-0 lead and held on to improve to 1-1 (9-9 overall) in district.
The Lady Mustangs got two huge defensive outs at third base in the bottom of the seventh to finally subdue the Lady Bulldogs, who saw their records fall to 7-12 and 0-1.
Wylie’s Chelsea Contreras led off the inning with a triple, but was picked off on a throw from Sweetwater catcher Keyli Turner to third baseman Kinsey Browning. Wylie’s next three batters — Kimber Bean, Emily Fitz-hugh and Melissa Lunsford — also hit safely to narrow the lead to 7-6. But Fitz-hugh was caught in a run-down between home and third base and was eventually tagged by Browning for the second out. Sweetwater secured the win on a popout to shortstop Suede Shirley, whose game-ending catch gave the Lady Mustangs their first district victory in two years.
Sweetwater took a quick 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run homer by Alicia Finn that also scored Shir-ley, and Turner’s RBI single scored Taylor McKoy later in the inning. In the fourth, Finn doubled to score Kelsi Crosson and two more runs scored on errors, making it 6-0. McKoy’s RBI grounder scored Loni Mendez, who singled, in the sixth inning.
ABILENE — Sweetwater appeared to be headed to a lopsided victory after scor-ing five runs in the first and fourth innings and one in the second for an 11-1 lead. But Wylie got six runs in the fourth, four more in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull off its remarkable comeback as the Mustangs fell to 10-10-1 overall. Wylie is now 10-8.
Sweetwater’s first six bat-ters all got on base as the Mustangs jumped out to a 5-0 lead, and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly scored another run in the second inning.
Starter Kris Mayes was staked to an 11-1 lead after Sweetwater got five more runs in the fourth with the help of two Wylie errors, but the game’s momentum suddenly swung in Wylie’s favor after the hosts plated six runs to get within 11-7, and the Bulldogs were just getting started.
An RBI single by Sterling Reeves scored Ryan Line-baugh in the fifth for a 12-7 lead, and Tanner Crain’s single scored Sweewater’s final run in the top of the sixth to make it 13-11. But Wylie scored the winning runs in the bottom of the frame, getting an RBI double by Colin Harris that was followed by Dylan West’s two-run homer.
Sweetwater threatened in the top of the seventh after a leadoff double by Sean Morrow and Reeves’ fielder’s choice, but three strikeouts ended the game.