S’water wins on circle but falls on diamond to G’wood

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The Sweetwater softball team continued its winning ways Tuesday with a victory over Greenwood. However, the baseball team wasn’t as fortunate as it lost.
Sweetwater 12,
Greenwood 9
Trailing Greenwood 6-3 early, Sweetwater rallied to defeat the Rangerettes and solidify its hold on second place in District 5-4A (4-2) with two games remaining.
Tavis Black’s solo homer began the rally and a four-run fourth put Sweetwater ahead 8-6 before it added a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Greenwood (2-3) pulled within 10-9 with three runs in the sixth but didn’t score again.
Sweetwater visits Snyder before hosting Big Spring, the 5-4A leader at 6-0, to end district play. A win over Snyder would clinch no worse than the No. 2 berth entering the playoffs.
Sweetwater led 3-2 in the first after a two-run homer by Jazzy Villa before having to fight its way back after Greenwood scored four second-inning runs against pitcher Kara Lehnert.
Black’s homer in the third cut the deficit to 6-4 before Greenwood’s lead disappeared following a four-run fourth inning.
Bri Moriel’s double cut Greenwood’s lead to 6-5, and Sweetwater took a 7-6 lead when two runs came home after Black was safe on an infield error. Black increased the lead to 8-6 by scoring on a passed ball.
Annisa McCollom upped Sweetwater’s lead to 10-6 in the fifth with a two-RBI hit. The Lady Mustangs got a pair of insurance runs in the sixth vs. Greenwood after getting a bases-loaded, two-RBI hit by Lehnert that scored Black and Villa.
Lehnert was the winning pitcher, going 5.2 innings before Elli Lehnert came on to record the last four outs.
“We knew coming into the week this game was going to be a battle,” Sweetwater coach Tim Scherwin said after Tuesday’s game.
“This is a varsity group that understands commitment to their teammates. That’s the key. Everyone shows up every day to get better together and it allows us to be successful in games like tonight.”
Greenwood 8,
Sweetwater 2
Sweetwater led 2-1 after a pair of fourth-inning runs but the Mustangs saw that lead disappear over the last two innings as Greenwood (3-1) scored four in the sixth and three in the seventh to remain in a tie for first place in District 5-4A along with Big Spring. Sweetwater fell to 1-3 in district.
Sweetwater led 2-1 after both Reese Palafox and Tyler Warner hit RBI singles off Greenwood starting pitcher Jacobie Rowland.
Greenwood got the lead back for good with four runs off Warner in the sixth, and added three in the seventh when Daiman Atkins came in to pitch for Sweetwater.
Tuesday’s game ended the first half of district play for both teams. Sweetwater goes to Snyder (2-2) when it resumes play Friday, and is at Big Spring for its final home game before its last two district games played at Lake View and Greenwood.
Sweetwater had fewer than three runs for the third time in district after beating Lake View 10-2 on Friday.