Mustangs’ lead again vanishes late on the road

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

BROWNFIELD — As it had two days earlier against Abilene Cooper, Sweetwater jumped out to a big lead Monday against Brownfield in its next-to-last non-district baseball game.
And the Mustangs led for almost the entire game, just as they had at Cooper when they twice held seven-run advantages in the contest before losing at the end of the game, 10-9.
On Monday, Sweetwater wasted two six-run leads at Brownfield, which came up with nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to turn the Mustangs’ 9-3 lead into a 12-9 defeat.
The big rally came on just two hits, thanks to six walks and four hit batters. Twelve straight batters reached base against three Sweetwater pitchers.
Sweetwater fell to 7-8 after its sixth game in five days and seventh in the last seven days. It ends non-district play by hosting Burkburnett on Friday at Sportsman’s Park at 2 p.m., then hosts Big Spring to begin district play next Tuesday.
Sweetwater had an 11-5 hit advantage over Brownfield and got five solid innings from starting pitcher Krystian Gomez before the problems began. Mason Maxwell and Tyler Warner each had three hits and Ky Hoover two. Hoover drove in three runs, Warner two and Maxwell, Isak Alvarez, Kiante McCoy and Tristan Longoria one. Maxwell and Hoover each had a double.