Since it began fielding UIL teams in both baseball and softball in 1996, Sweet-water High School has never qualified both for the play-offs in the same year.
The 17-year wait could be almost over.
The Mustang baseball team is tied with Wylie for first place in District 4-3A with a 5-1 record with four games remaining, and the Lady Mustang softball team trails only first-place Snyder and is 5-2 with just three games to play.
Both can take a gigantic step toward securing a trip to the postseason today when they host Big Spring at 5 p.m. (softball) and 7 p.m. (baseball). Big Spring is right behind Sweetwater in the 4-3A race with records of 4-3 and 4-2, respectively.
The Sweetwater baseball team is coming off a 1-0 win at Midland Greenwood on Tuesday and was helped by Big Spring’s 2-0 win over Snyder, a victory that put the Tigers (2-4) in danger of missing out on the postsea-son. Sweetwater’s softball team, meanwhile, won 13-3 over Midland Greenwood in five innings, rebounding from a 10-0 loss at Snyder four days earlier. Big Spring fell out of a second-place tie by losing to Snyder 8-1, but a win today would put the Lady Steers back in a tie.
A Sweetwater win would clinch no worse than a tie for the final playoff berth in softball and possibility an outright postseason berth if Greenwood (3-4) loses its game today at Wylie.
The baseball team can clinch a playoff spot if the Mustangs win and Snyder falls to Monahans today.