SW-Snyder games to have playoff feel

Today will be Sweetwater vs. Snyder day at both the baseball game at Newman Park at 7 p.m. and at the softball game that starts at 6:30 p.m. at Jerry Collins Complex, and the stakes are pretty high in both.The baseball team’s situ-ation is the most critical as the Mustangs, with a 2-4 district record, may not be able to afford another loss to get into the playoffs. A Sweetwater win would leave both teams 3-4 in district play with a game left.Wylie (6-1), which has clinched the district title, goes to Brownwood (2-4) in the other district baseball game today. Sweetwater hosts Big Spring (3-4) on Friday in the team’s final regular season game.The Sweetwater softball team has clinched a playoff berth, as has Snyder, but today’s game — which ends the regular season — will determine their bi-district seeding once postseason play gets started. Sweetwater — 14-8 overall — and Snyder are both 4-3 in district and tied for sec-ond place behind Brown-wood (7-0), which clinched its third straight district title by defeating Sweetwater here last Friday. Both Wylie (2-5) and Big Spring (2-5) have been eliminated from the playoff race with one game left.Sweetwater collected 10 hits, including home runs by Claire Williams and Suede Shirley, against Brownwood but still had its three-game winning streak halted. The baseball team fared better as it held off Brownwood, 4-3, to end a three-game losing skid. Sweetwater could still get into the playoffs with a loss against Snyder today if Brownwood loses to Wylie but then defeats Snyder in Friday’s finale, assuming Sweetwater bounces back to defeat Big Spring. Such an out-come would create a three-way tie for third place with Sweetwater, Brownwood and Big Spring all 3-5 while Snyder (4-4) would be the second-place team. If Sweetwater wins both of its games this week, it will be in the playoffs as either the second-place or third-place team. Should Sweetwater and Brownwood finish in a two-way tie with 4-4 records, Sweetwater would get the No. 2 seed because it has won both head-to-head matchups against the Lions, including a 14-8 win at Brownwood back on March 28. If Sweetwater and Sny-der finish in a two-way tie for second at 4-4, either a one-game playoff or coin flip would be necessary because the teams would have split their two games.