‘Stangs rally late to get No. 4 berth

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

SAN ANGELO — Trailing 4-0 after two innings, 5-0 after three and still down 5-1 Thursday at the end of five innings, it looked like another tough night for Sweetwater’s baseball team at San Angelo Lake View in the teams’ District 5-4A contest.
But then came an 11-run sixth inning, and it carried Sweetwater past the Chiefs and into the playoffs with a 15-8 win, helping the Mustangs clinch the No. 4 berth in the district.
Almost all the Mustangs made a contribution during the 11-run sixth that wiped out a four-run deficit.
Jon Gallegos doubled and Tyler Warner, Leo Holsey, Mathew Hernandez, Elijah Reyes and Rylen Moncada singled in an inning that saw 15 batters come to the plate. Gallegos’ double that brought in two runs ended the huge rally, and the single by Warner broke a 5-5 tie and gave the Mustangs a 7-5 lead.
The Mustangs also scored as the result of two bases-loaded hit batters and also scored twice as a result of errors. They also scored on a bases-loaded walk issued to Gallegos that began the scoring barrage as well as a wild pitch. Reese Palafox and Krystian Gomez were both hit by pitches to bring in runs.
Gallegos also tripled and scored the first Sweetwater run on an RBI double by Palafox in the fifth inning.
Sweetwater scored its last three runs in the seventh with Moncada and Hernandez getting RBI singles and Andres Neri, who also singled, scoring the last run on a wild pitch.