Lady Mustangs get big win, but Mustangs fall to Steers

The playoff prospects are brighter for Sweetwater’s softball team after Tuesday’s win at Big Spring, but the baseball team suffered its second straight setback to fall out of a tie for second place in District 5-3A.SOFTBALL: Sweetwater 15, Big Spring 9BIG SPRING — Sweet-water jumped out to a 13-1 lead after 4 1/2 innings, then held off Big Spring’s late rally to avenge an 11-7 district-opening defeat in Sweetwater on March 16.With the win, the Lady Mustangs improved to 3-2 in district (13-7 overall) and moved into outright second place in District 5-3A. Snyder (2-3), which had been tied for second with Sweetwater, fell to third after losing 4-0 to first-place Brownwood on Tuesday.The Lady Mustangs led 6-0 before Big Spring (1-4) came to bat in sending the Lady Steers to their fourth straight loss. All nine Sweetwater starters had at least one hit, while eight players scored at least one run and also had at least one RBI.Kelsi Crosson ripped a two-run homer and double and had four RBI to pace the offensive assault. Her home run, which came in the second inning after her twin sister Kendra Crosson had doubled, gave Sweetwater a 9-1 lead.The Lady Mustangs added two more runs in both the fourth and fifth innings for a 13-1 lead, but hopes of a mercy-rule win fell by the wayside when Big Spring came up with five runs in its half of the fifth. But Sweetwater secured the win with two more runs and Big Spring never got closer than the final score of 15-9.Kendra Crosson scored four runs and Claire Wil-liams three for Sweetwater, while Kelsi Turner had three hits and Jackie Carey drove in three runs. The winning pitcher was Maty Montgomery, who scattered 12 hits in hurling a complete game. Sweetwater will resume District 5-3A action at Wylie (1-3) at 4:30 p.m. Friday.BASEBALL: Big Spring 10, Sweetwater 6BIG SPRING — Tuesday’s setback hurt Sweetwater’s hopes of making the playoffs as the Mustangs fell to 1-3 in district.Sweetwater (8-9-1 overall) finished the game with eight hits and had runners on base every inning, but stranded 13 in the contest as Big Spring (2-2) moved into a second-place tie with Sny-der. Sweetwater fell into a tie with Brownwood, which lost to Snyder on Tuesday.Wylie, the district leader with a 4-0 record, was idle Tuesday but hosts Sweetwa-ter at 4:30 p.m. Friday.The Mustangs had to play catchup from the start against Big Spring, which led 4-0 after one inning and was ahead by six runs twice, although Sweetwater was able to cut the lead to four runs in the sixth and seventh innings. But the Mus-tangs left the bases loaded in both frames as the Steers held on for the victory.Sweetwater was led of-fensively by Willie Norman, who had three hits including a triple and scored the team’s first run in the third inning on Stephen May’s RBI single. But Big Spring pitcher Max Pappajohn kept Sweetwater off balance just enough to get a complete game win, even though he hit three batters and issued seven walks.An RBI single by Norman in the seventh and May’s RBI grounder cut it to 10-6, and Gabriel Medellin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ryan Linebaugh, however, was retired on a fly ball to end the game.Medellin pitched well in relief of starting pitcher Brandon Howell, who lasted just 1/3 of an inning, as he struck out eight batters in 5 2/3 innings of relief and gave up just two earned runs.Sweetwater will complete the first half of district at Wylie on Friday, and goes to Ranger Junior College on Tuesday for a non-district contest, before playing its last three games at home.