Offense explodes again as SW run-rules Rangerettes

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Teams who go on the road usually have a tougher time than at home, especially in district play.
The Sweetwater softball team has had few issues in that regard since 5-4A play began this past week.
After starting out district with a convincing 19-3 rout at San Angelo Lake View, Sweetwater romped 23-11 at Midland Greenwood Friday as the Lady Mustangs improved to 2-0 in district.
Sweetwater plays its 5-4A home opener Tuesday vs. Snyder after scoring 42 runs in its last two games.
And on Friday, 12 of the 23 runs came in the fifth inning of a one-run game.
Sweetwater was leading Greenwood just 11-10 after Greenwood, down 10-0 at one point, scored four runs in the third inning to make it 10-4 and six in the fourth to get within a single run.
Sweetwater’s answer was swift. Eleven of its runs in the fifth were with two out and gave the team a 23-10 lead that helped close out the Rangerettes. It was Sweetwater’s second straight win in district by the run rule.
Tavis Black’s second home run of the game, a grand slam, basically capped off the Lady Mustangs' big inning. Her first was a 3-run blast to give Sweetwater an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Ironically, Black hit into a double play earlier in the fifth inning with Sweetwater leading just 12-10.
But Jazzy Villa’s RBI single, a double by Emerald Torres, an RBI single by Elli Lehnert, bases-loaded walks by Kara Lehnert and Blayke Bewley, Bri Moriel’s RBI single and a wild pitch led to Black redeeming herself on her second at bat of the inning. She cleared the bases with her grand slam to make it 22-10.
Sweetwater (8-8) then got a triple by Villa and another RBI single by Elli Lehnert to end the scoring.
Black had eight RBI as her double gave Sweetwater a 10-0 lead in the third inning. Kaci Webb blasted a solo homer in the fourth. Elli Lehnert had five RBIs and both Moriel and Torres doubled for Sweetwater, which had 17 hits and 14 walks against Greenwood. The Lady Mustangs got hits from eight players, led by Black with four and Moriel and Elli Lehnert with three. Villa and Annisa McCollom each had two hits. Black and Moriel scored four runs and Villa and Blake Bewley three, while Kara Lehnert and Elli Lehnert pitched.