GREENWOOD — They haven’t been dominant lately, but Sweetwater High School’s baseball team is winning the close games — by getting clutch hits along with some great pitching.
Tuesday’s 1-0 road vic-ory at Midland Greenwood — keeping Sweetwater in a first-place tie with Wylie at 5-1 — was the Mustangs’ second straight one-run win and third in district play.
Sweetwater, trying to get into the playoffs for the first time since 2004, will likely get there if the pitching con-tinues like this. Only Wylie has scored more than three runs against the Mustangs, and Greenwood became the second team to be shut out by Sweetwater. Both shut-outs have been by sopho-more J.P. Poe, who gave up just four singles and finished with nine strikeouts.
Sweetwater scored the game’s only run in the fourth when Poe reached on an error, courtesy runner Bray Amos stole second, went to third on James Clift’s sacrifice and scored on Cole Maxwell’s RBI single.
Poe, who lasted less than an inning in his previous start, made it stand up as he gave up just two hits over the last four innings. In ad-dition, he struck out seven Greenwood batters over the final three frames including four straight at one point.
Sweetwater had at least one baserunner in all but one inning and had six hits, but could only score in the fourth as they were held in check by Greenwood pitch-er Marco Flores.
Wylie held on to a share of the lead Tuesday with a 17-5 win over Monahans while Big Spring (4-2) is in third after beating Snyder 2-0. Sweetwater will host Big Spring at 7 p.m. Friday.
Poe worked out of a few jams against Greenwood, which had two of its four hits plus a walk in the first inning but failed to score as its first baserunner was thrown out trying to steal and, after consecutive two-out singles, Poe got a comebacker to the mound to retire the side.
Sweetwater also helped itself by getting a double play and picking off a Greenwood runner in the second. Stephen May had two hits and Clift, Sean Morrow, Dylan Bennett and Maxwell one for the Mus-tangs, who have won two straight despite getting just 10 hits in that time.