‘Stangs travel after going 3-1 at Classic

After compiling a 3-1 record during the team’s first homestand of the 2012 baseball season while hosting its Wood Bat Classic, Sweetwater hits the road today for a 7 p.m. game at Midland Greenwood. After picking up three straight wins at the Classic held at Newman Park by an aggregate score of 28-2, Sweetwater lost in its final game Saturday to the Ran-ger Junior College JV, 12-8. The Mustangs (5-4-1) started out their tournament Friday with shutout wins over both Post (14-0) and Wall (2-0), then routed Clyde 12-2 Saturday before losing to Ranger’s JV team.Sweetwater stunned Ran-ger by pushing across eight runs in the bottom of the third inning to wipe out a 7-0 deficit, but failed to score again. Ranger came back with two runs in the fifth to regain a 9-8 edge, and added three in the seventh to finish with a 4-0 mark and become unofficial champions of the three-day, round-robin tournament. Sweetwater had the only other winning record as San Angelo Lake View and Wall both finished 2-2, Post 1-3 and Clyde 0-4.Sweetwater’s pitchers did not allow an earned run in their first three games, but that changed in the finale as Ranger ran out to a 7-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings and ap-peared to be in control.But after being retired in order over their first two innings, the Mustangs used three hits — including a two-run single by Ryan Line-baugh and an RBI single by Dylan Bennett — plus a sacrifice fly, wild pitch and error to score eight runs and take the lead. It held up until Ranger regained the lead with three hits plus two errors in the fifth inning, before scoring its final runs on a bases-loaded double in the seventh. The Rangers then held on for the win by getting three ground ball outs after singles by Sweetwater’s first two batters in the bottom of the seventh, Brandon Howell and Bennett.Greg Aiken was the win-ning pitcher against Clyde with a six-inning complete game as he allowed just six hits, struck out seven and walked just one. Both Clyde runs were unearned.Sweetwater finished the game with 12 hits — two in each inning. May had four hits and Aiken three, inclu-ding a triple, and he also finished with three RBI. The Mustangs scored three runs in the first inning and five in the second for an 8-1 lead in cruising to the win.