Mustangs escape early hole to beat Steers, 9-6

The start of the Sweet-water baseball team’s Dis-trict 4-3A home opener was hardly what the Mustangs wanted, as they trailed visiting Big Spring 4-0 before coming to bat in the bottom of the first inning. But Sweetwater is 2-0 in District 4-3A — and 15-3 overall — after its 12th con-secutive win as the Mus-tangs rallied to defeat the Steers, 9-6, here Friday.Big Spring (0-2) did most of its first-inning damage on a bases-loaded triple by Brett Brorman. Sweetwater began its comeback almost immediately, however, by scoring a run in the bottom of the first — and it wasn’t long until the Mustangs had completely dug out from their four-run deficit.After all, Sweetwater has been in much worse spots. It trailed Andrews 8-3 ear-lier this month before scor-ing six runs in its final at bat for a 9-8 victory. This time, Hayden Reeves (5-1) settled down quickly to get the win on the mound for the Mustangs as he pitched into the sixth inning before James Clift — in a rare relief role — got his first save of the season.Dylan Bennett got Sweet-water’s comeback started in the first inning when he singled and advanced all the way to third on an errant throw by the Steers’ third baseman. Kaleb Hoover then hit an RBI grounder to score Bennett. Sweetwater overcame a double play in the second to cut it to 4-2 on Tyler Beasley’s RBI single, then scored two more runs in the third to tie it 4-4.Greg Aiken hit a double to score Bennett, and J.P. Poe drew a bases-loaded walk to score Aiken. Sweetwater took a 7-4 lead with three runs in the fourth on two hits, plus a passed ball and three walks. The passed ball scored Michael Lawrence, who drew a walk to lead off the inning and went to third on Bennett’s single and a sacrifice bunt by Hoover before giving the Mustangs the lead, 5-4, on the passed ball. Aiken’s sacrifice fly scored Bennett, and Stephen May, who walked, scored to make it a 7-4 game on Hayden Reeves’ single. The Mustangs increased their lead to 8-4 in the fifth when Beasley, who singled, went to second on a throw-ing error by the catcher and scored on Bennett’s single.The Mustangs’ final run came in the sixth inning when Aiken doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored when Johnathan Browning, Clift’s courtesy runner, stole second. Clift replaced Reeves on the mound in the top of the inning, and started a double play to end a Steers threat.