MONAHANS — Sweet-water’s softball team came into Monahans on Friday having clinched a playoff berth, but still with a chance to claim at least a share of the District 4-3A title.
And after rallying from an early four-run deficit to tie the game at 4-4, the Lady Mustangs’ dream was still alive. But missed opportunities to take the lead led to a disappointing finish, as Monahans scored the winning run in the seventh inning on a walk-off single to claim a 5-4 victory.
Sweetwater (6-3 district and 20-12 overall) found itself in an early hole as Monahans scored four runs in the first inning for a 4-0 advantage.
But the Lady Mustangs came back with a run in the second, and then tied it 4-4 by plating three runs in the top of the fifth to cap their comeback. But they were never able to take the lead, despite putting runners at second and third in the sixth and again getting two runners on in the seventh. Monahans (3-6) took advantage after loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh.
Sweetwater got a double play when the next hitter flied out and right fielder Megan Holsey threw to the plate in time to get the runner out at home.
But the Lady Loboes then ended it with an RBI single by Baily Slade that scored the winning run.
Sweetwater began its comeback in the second in spite of not getting a hit. Suede Shirley drew a walk, then stole second and came around to score following two errors for the Lady Mustangs’ first run.
Sweetwater’s three-run fifth began with a walk to Alyssa Heredia and a single by Kendra Crosson. They advanced to third and second, respectively, after Holsey’s sacrifice and scored on Kelsi Crosson’s double to cut the lead to 4-3.
Shirley then doubled in Kelsi Crosson to tie the game. It looked like there might be more runs in the sixth when Jerren Villa singled and Kendra Crosson doubled with two outs, but Holsey was retired to end the threat. In the seventh inning, Cierra Knox and Kelsi Crosson led off with singles, only to be stranded as the next three batters were retired in order to leave the game tied.