Mustangs get 1st district win

By: 
Ron Howell
Sports Editor

SW bats come alive,
crush Lake View 10-2

After a total of three runs in their first two District 5-4A games, Sweetwater more than tripled that total on Friday in a 10-2 win over San Angelo Lake View to improve to 1-2 in 5-4A play.
But it was a solid baseball outing for Sweetwater period, as Lake View finished with just four hits, and the Mustangs had just one error defensively.
The win puts Sweetwater in the thick of the early district race with five games left. All five teams are within one game of each other with Big Spring and Greenwood leading the way at 2-1. Snyder is 2-2 and Lake View and Sweetwater are 1-2.
Sweetwater is home again to face Greenwood Tuesday before going to Snyder to begin the second half of district play on Friday.
After throwing well but losing to Snyder to start district March 19, starting pitcher Krystian Gomez got the win against Lake View as he allowed just four hits and no earned runs in a seven-inning complete game. He had seven strikeouts, walked two and threw 104 pitches for Sweetwater, which found a way to score in every inning but the second and never trailed.
For a team that is 3-12-1 overall and was at 0-2 to start district, Sweetwater sure didn’t play like it as the team scored single runs in the first and third innings to lead 2-0, then added four more in the fourth and fifth before a four-run sixth effectively finished Lake View off. The Chiefs’ two runs, which were both unearned, made it 4-2 in the fifth but only briefly, as Sweetwater responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame.
Sweetwater went up 1-0 when Reese Palafox drew a leadoff walk, went to third on a wild pitch and balk and scored on an RBI grounder by Gomez. Sweetwater then added a run in the third.
Seth Garcia led off with a single and Gomez and Tyler Warner were hit by a pitch to load the bases before Antonio Heredia’s sac fly scored Garcia.
Sweetwater would score two in the fourth and fifth to open a 6-2 lead. An RBI grounder by Garcia and a single by Palafox made it 4-2 and the runs in the fifth came when Warner doubled and scored on an RBI single by Heredia, who then scored on another Lake View balk.
In the sixth, Sweetwater pushed across another four runs, two on run-scoring singles by Leo Holsey and Andres Neri plus an RBI grounder by Rylen Moncada and Lake View error that scored the other run.
Lake View scored its two runs on a double by Jaden Haynes after an error, balk and two-out single that preceded the hit, but that was it for the Chiefs.

Pictured: Sweetwater shortstop Leo Holsey releases the throw on a fielding play in Friday's game against Lake View.
Photo by Kevin Wright

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