All-Star runs end for SW teams at District 5 tourneys

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Leading 8-7 with just six outs to go, Sweetwater’s 8-10 year-old all-stars were poised to stay alive in their District 5 losers bracket baseball game vs. Jim Ned on Tuesday at Jim Ned’s field. But the host team pushed across four runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on for an 11-8 win.
The loss ended the season for Sweetwater, which had stayed alive with a 5-3 win Monday vs. Abilene Eastern in its first elimination game.
Sweetwater finished with a 2-2 record in bracket play after splitting a pair of pool games to begin the tournament that was played at several Big Country area Little League baseball parks.
Down 7-3 through three innings, Sweetwater scored five runs over the next two innings to seize control, taking the lead on an RBI double by Jade Rodriguez to score Landon Cornutt in the top of the fifth.
But Jim Ned regained the lead with a two-RBI hit in the bottom of the inning, plus two additional runs, and Sweetwater was unable to mount another rally.
With the win, Jim Ned advanced to play Albany in another elimination game today. The eventual losers bracket finalist will play the winners bracket finalist for the District 5 tournament championship on Saturday at the Wylie Little League field.
Sweetwater’s 8-10 year-olds beat Clyde and lost to Snyder in pool play when they began the tournament back on June 16.
They then began District 5 bracket play this past Saturday by beating Breckenridge before losing their second game to Abilene Dixie the following night, but bounced back to defeat Abilene Eastern before losing Tuesday to Jim Ned.
Sweetwater’s 11-12 year-old, or Little League, all-stars were eliminated after losing their bracket games to Albany and Eastland, respectively. They played pool games against Snyder and Merkel at the tournament.

Pictured: Sweetwater 8-10 year-old all-star Jade Rodriguez gets back to third base safely in Tuesday's elimination game vs. Jim Ned at their District 5 Little League tournament.
Photo by Ron Howell