The Wood Bat Classic at Newman Park which ended Saturday produced both good news and bad news for the host team.
The good news: Sweet-water went 3-1, equalling the best record among the six teams in the event. Wall and Ranger Junior College’s JV were also 3-1. However, a total of three players were injured at the Classic during the weekend as well.
After an 8-7 win Thurs-day over Clyde, Sweetwater (7-4) beat Wall 9-4 Friday. On Saturday, it defeated Pampa 6-2 in the morning before losing 7-4 in its final game to Ranger Junior Col-lege’s JV team.
The Mustangs will return to play when they travel to Andrews for a single game at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
A seven-run first inning catapulted Sweetwater to its victory over Wall, which led 3-0 before the Mustangs came to bat.
Ryan Linebaugh led off with a double and Stephen May, Shawn Campbell, Sean Morrow, Dylan Bennett and Kaleb Hoover all singled before Gabriel Melendez’s two-RBI double capped the big inning. Linebaugh, who hurt his ankle in Saturday’s finale, also scored on Mor-row’s single in the fourth inning. Hoover pitched a seven-inning complete game to get the victory.
Against Pampa, Sweet-water had just five hits but went ahead to stay (4-2) with a two-run third inning. The Mustangs added single tallies in the fifth and sixth to claim their fifth consecu-tive win this season.
Sweetwater went ahead 2-1 in the first on a one-out walk, an error and James Clift’s two-RBI double.
In the Mustangs’ two-run third inning, May drilled a one-out triple and scored on Campbell’s squeeze bunt, and Bennett singled to score Campbell. In the fifth, Campbell reached on an error and eventually scored on Cole Maxwell’s sacrifice fly. The final run in the sixth came on an error that scored courtesy runner Quentin Wetsel. Clift hurled a seven-inning complete game to get the win.
Against Ranger, Sweet-water fell behind 4-1 after 2 1/2 innings and was never able to catch up.
The Mustangs had nine hits but also five errors as their five-game winning streak was halted.
Sweetwater’s only lead (1-0) came when Linebaugh led off with a single and scored on Morrow’s single in the first inning. In the third inning, Morrow had a double to score Nick Nemir, who ran for Linebaugh af-ter he was hurt. Bennett scored in the fourth on an error, and Campbell tripled to score May in the seventh with the final run.