Lady Stangs get big inning to finish blowout in opener

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Up 2-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Sweetwater softball team Tuesday started with a sacrifice bunt by Victoria Neri to finally break loose against Stanton.
Every player in the lineup came to bat as Sweetwater scored eight runs, finishing a 10-0 win at Jerry Collins Complex in Tim Scherwin’s debut as the softball coach.
“Any time that we play at home we want to put on a good showing,” he said. “I thought we battled well tonight maintaining our focus throughout. We are a tough offense to hold down with a variety of skills we can utilize to get on base. It’s about taking advantage of opportunities.”
Neri’s bunt triggered the rally that scored the eight other batters in the lineup.
Jazzy Villa, Sweetwater’s third baseman, had the hit that closed out the game but pitching and defense were the key, Scherwin said. “It starts with pitching and defense,” the Lady Mustangs coach said. “Kara (Lehnert) gave us an opportunity tonight with seven strikeouts to just one walk. Our defense was attentive and aggressive.
“When everyone understands their role for that day we are able to execute.”
The JV also won, 14-5.
SW tennis results
Sweetwater took its tennis players to San Angelo Lake View for a tournament this past Friday.
The best performance for Sweetwater’s varsity tennis team came from the mixed doubles team of Riley Dodd and Austin Ramirez, who reached the finals before losing their match 8-4.
Among JV players, Sweetwater’s Isaiah Pena placed first in boys singles with an 8-3 win and Madyson Gilmore was second in girls singles, losing a close finals match 8-9 (2-7).
The mixed doubles pairing of Mathew Pena and Maribel Tovar was consolation champion, winning their match 8-4.
Coach Marckus Wolowicz said every player who participated did well at the San Angelo tournament in spite of the weather. Wolowicz said the wind chill was 25 degrees at the tournament.
Sweetwater, Roscoe
lifters go to Merkel
Sweetwater and Roscoe powerlifters go to Merkel today to compete a final time before regional meets are held early next month at Midland Greenwood (girls) and Sundown (boys) for the powerlifters who qualify.
Sweetwater’s most recent meet was at Abilene on Jan. 25 with the boys and girls both taking third place.
Girls who placed were Victoria Neri, first in the 165 class (615); Jessica Serrano, first in the 181 class (650); Bri Moriel, second in the 114 class (530); Nikki Gutierrez, second in the 123 class (595); Noemy Diaz, second in the 148 class (595); Emerald Torres, fourth in the 132 class (565); and Avery Parsons, fourth in the 165 class (540).
For the boys, Justin Castereno in the 242 class (1,490), Josh Camacho in the 165 class (1,105) and Trey Jimenez in the 114 class (685) took first place. Jeremy Le in the 220 class (1,015) and Kendal Adames in the 148 class (960) placed third. Sebastian Gonzales (805) was fourth in the 132 class and Ely Barrera was fifth (1,150) in the 242 class.

Pictured: Sweetwater's Kara Lehnert pitched a five-inning shutout in Tuesday's softball season opener played here against Stanton.
Photo by Kevin Wright