Wylie teams sweep past S’water

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

ABILENE — Sweetwater’s teams tried one last time on Tuesday to get a district win at Wylie and the softball team came close, losing 6-5 in the regular season finale for both teams.
For the first 5 1/2 innings, Sweetwater also put up a strong fight in baseball. The teams were tied 2-2 at that point in the contest, but Wylie’s six-run outburst led to an 8-2 win. Sweetwater visits Brownwood for its last district game next Tuesday.
Despite losing, the Lady Mustangs and Mustangs are in the playoffs. Sweetwater’s softball team is the No. 4 seed in District 5-4A and will face either Graham or Vernon in bi-district.
Wylie 6, S’water 5
Sweetwater came up just short despite scoring two runs in its last at bat in the seventh on RBI doubles by both Sonora Medellin and Emerald Torres.
Wylie (5-3) held on for the win, though, for a share of the district title while Sweetwater ends at 4-4. A tiebreaker will determine seeding between Wylie, Big Spring and Brownwood. Brownwood earned a share of the title by beating Snyder 5-0, while Big Spring had an open date Tuesday.
Wylie never trailed after jumping out to an early 2-0 lead. Sweetwater, however, cut the lead to one on three occasions.
The Lady Mustangs got their first run on an RBI single by Bri Moriel to draw within 2-1, and scored in the fifth on Tavis Black’s solo homer to make it 3-2. Wylie regained three-run leads twice at 5-2 and 6-3, before withstanding a final Sweetwater rally that ended with the tying run at third when the last batter struck out.
That’s how close it was for Sweetwater (15-8-1 overall), which was seeking its first district title in the softball program’s history.
Sweetwater cut it to 5-3 in the sixth when Jazzy Villa reached second on an infield error, went to third on Elli Lehnert’s single and scored on a passed ball.
Before starting the playoffs, Sweetwater hosts a warmup vs. Midland Greenwood at 5 p.m. next Tuesday.
“We got off to a slow start and couldn’t move our runners when we were in scoring position,” coach Alex Fuentez said. “We had way too many strikeouts and didn’t rally at the plate until it was too late.”
Wylie 8, S’water 2
Sweetwater is still in second place but Brownwood (3-3) is now within a half-game after beating Snyder 10-7 on Tuesday.
Sweetwater scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to tie it and 1-1 and 2-2 vs. Wylie (6-0), which is ranked No. 2 in the state and clinched the outright district title with the win, but committed seven errors in Tuesday’s game. Four came in Wylie’s decisive six-run sixth that broke the 2-2 tie. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Mustangs, who were out-hit 8-6.
Isak Alvarez went 3-for-3 at the plate for Sweetwater and drew a bases-loaded walk that scored the first Mustang run. Sweetwater also scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Warner that plated Chris Thompson, who led off the fifth with a double.
Tony Heredia took the pitching loss after hurling the first 5.1 innings.
The Mustangs will host Ranger Junior College's JV at 6 p.m. Friday in a non-district outing for their final home game of the season.