Having successful baseball and softball teams at Sweetwater High School is something people here haven’t been accustomed to seeing on a regular basis.
In fact, having both teams in the playoffs the same year has never happened. That’s why the past week at SHS has been, well ... historic.
Dating back to 1996, the first year Sweetwater played softball, each of the teams had been to the playoffs on three occasions — but never in the same year.
For most of that 17-year period, the losses — especially against district competition — have far outnumbered the wins.
For softball, the futility lasted 15 years until the 2012 team went to bi-district. But a 6-5 win over Big Spring on Friday put Sweetwater in for the second straight year.
The baseball team had gone nine years since its last appearance, finishing just 2-6 in district a year ago.
But after an unspectacular 7-10 start, the Mustangs have caught fire in district play. Tuesday’s 10-5 win at Monahans not only ended the near-decade-old playoff wait, but gave Sweetwater the outright District 4-3A lead as co-leader Wylie fell out of a tie by losing 7-4 to Snyder.
It also means Sweetwater can clinch the district title by knocking off Wylie this Saturday in a huge district showdown at Sweetwater’s Sportsman’s Park. A Wylie win would create a tie with the Mustangs, but the Bull-dogs would have the edge by virtue of winning both head-to-head games.
Sweetwater (7-1) lost only 14-7 at Wylie before beating Snyder (3-2), Greenwood (1-0), Big Spring (8-4) and Monahans in its last four games to seize the district lead. Wylie, which has dominated most of its district competiton, is 6-2 because it has lost both its games to Snyder this season.
Should Sweetwater win Saturday, it would have a two-game lead over Wylie with one to play.
The softball team, mean-while, is also playing Wylie in its regular season finale Saturday. The Lady Mus-tangs (6-3) trail only first-place Snyder (8-1) in the district standings, despite Sweetwater’s 5-4 loss Tues-day at Monahans that ended Sweetwater’s hopes of a district title. Sweetwater and Monahans were tied 4-4 until the Lady Loboes won on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
Despite the disappointing loss, Sweetwater will finish no worse than second in the district. The Lady Mustangs own a two-game lead over Big Spring and Greenwood, who are tied for third.
Fans who want to see both Sweetwater teams play may not get their wish on Saturday as both games start at 1 p.m. The baseball team hosts Snyder in its final district game April 26.
Then more history will be made as the playoffs start.