Today will be Sweetwater vs. Snyder day at both the baseball game at Newman Park at 7 p.m. and at the softball game that starts at 6:30 p.m. at Jerry Collins Complex, and the stakes are pretty high in both.
The baseball team’s situ-ation is the most critical as the Mustangs, with a 2-4 district record, may not be able to afford another loss to get into the playoffs.
A Sweetwater win would leave both teams 3-4 in district play with a game left.
Wylie (6-1), which has clinched the district title, goes to Brownwood (2-4) in the other district baseball game today. Sweetwater hosts Big Spring (3-4) on Friday in the team’s final regular season game.
The Sweetwater softball team has clinched a playoff berth, as has Snyder, but today’s game — which ends the regular season — will determine their bi-district seeding once postseason play gets started.
Sweetwater — 14-8 overall — and Snyder are both 4-3 in district and tied for sec-ond place behind Brown-wood (7-0), which clinched its third straight district title by defeating Sweetwater here last Friday.
Both Wylie (2-5) and Big Spring (2-5) have been eliminated from the playoff race with one game left.
Sweetwater collected 10 hits, including home runs by Claire Williams and Suede Shirley, against Brownwood but still had its three-game winning streak halted.
The baseball team fared better as it held off Brownwood, 4-3, to end a three-game losing skid. Sweetwater could still get into the playoffs with a loss against Snyder today if Brownwood loses to Wylie but then defeats
Snyder in Friday’s finale, assuming Sweetwater bounces back to defeat Big Spring. Such an out-come would create a three-way tie for third place with Sweetwater, Brownwood and Big Spring all 3-5 while Snyder (4-4) would be the second-place team.
If Sweetwater wins both of its games this week, it will be in the playoffs as either the second-place or third-place team. Should Sweetwater and Brownwood finish in a two-way tie with 4-4 records, Sweetwater would get the No. 2 seed because it has won both head-to-head matchups against the Lions, including a 14-8 win at Brownwood back on March 28.
If Sweetwater and Sny-der finish in a two-way tie for second at 4-4, either a one-game playoff or coin flip would be necessary because the teams would have split their two games.