SW can’t hold off Big Spring power display

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

BIG SPRING — On Friday, two high-powered offensive teams met in an early District 5-4A softball showdown. When the dust settled, a total of 23 runs had been scored and more impressively, the teams had combined for eight homers.
But most of that power came from the home team and Big Spring’s six long balls ultimately helped the Lady Steers rally to knock off Sweetwater, 13-10.
Sweetwater led 9-5 after a five-run fourth inning in which the Lady Mustangs got two-RBI doubles from Annisa McCollom and Emerald Torres as well as an RBI single by Bri Moriel.
But then the Big Spring homer parade gradually cut away that advantage as the Lady Steers ended the game on an 8-1 run, with five balls leaving the park. It included a go-ahead Alexis Starr shot that scored three runs to wipe out a 10-8 Sweetwater lead in the sixth inning.
Prior to Starr’s home run — her second of the game — Sweetwater had trailed only once at 5-4, in the third inning after — yes, a homer by Kynleigh Joy that was also a three-run shot. But Sweetwater’s disadvantage didn’t last long thanks to the Lady Mustangs’ five-run fourth where all nine batters came to the plate.
Tavis Black and Moriel hit homers for Sweetwater, now 2-2 in district play while Big Spring improved its district mark to 3-0.
Black came up after McCollom walked and hit a two-run shot in the third to give Sweetwater a 4-2 lead.
Moriel’s solo home run led off the sixth for the final run of the contest by the Lady Mustangs, giving them a 10-8 lead at the time.
“We proved tonight that we can play with anyone in the district,” said Sweetwater first-year coach Tim Scherwin, whose team plays three of its last four district games at home starting with San Angelo Lake View this Friday. “We are in a good situation. Though we came up short, I was happy to see the fight my kids displayed. We kept responding. That’s what we need in tough games against tough teams.”
Sweetwater led 2-0 after Jazzy Villa singled in the first inning to score Moriel and Black also came home after reaching on a walk.
Elli Lehnert pitched the first four innings and Kara Lehnert went the last three.