‘Stangs rally late but come up a run short at Greenwood

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

GREENWOOD — Sweetwater scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning of its District 5-4A finale at Midland Greenwood to pull within a run and brought the go-ahead run to the plate, but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 7-6 loss Monday to the Rangers.
But the baseball season is not over for Sweetwater, which next week will enter the postseason for a best-of-3 bi-district playoff series against Iowa Park.
Iowa Park (23-2) is the champion of District 6-4A while Sweetwater will be the No. 4 seed from 5-4A.
Sweetwater fell just short of wiping out a 7-1 deficit on Monday, with an RBI single by Elijah Reyes narrowing Greenwood’s lead to 7-6 in the seventh inning before he was thrown out on a steal attempt to end the game.
Greenwood opened a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Sweetwater tied it in the second inning and it stayed in a 1-1 tie until the Rangers’ five-run fifth gave them a 6-1 lead. Greenwood added a run in the sixth, but Sweetwater roared back in the seventh as the Mustangs scored five runs on four hits to give the host team a healthy scare. Prior to Reyes’ hit, Sweetwater also got RBI doubles from both Krystian Gomez and Rylen Moncada plus an RBI groundball by Andres Neri. The first Sweetwater run came on a double steal that allowed Reese Palafox to come home after he and Leo Holsey reached base.
Holsey took the loss on the mound despite a strong starting performance by the freshman, who allowed just one run until Greenwood’s five-run fifth. Mathew Hernandez pitched the sixth for the Mustangs.
A bases-loaded, three-run double by Jared Lewis was the key hit for Greenwood in the fifth inning.
Big Spring (7-1) is the top seed in the district. Snyder and Greenwood are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.