Sweetwater did its part on Tuesday to remain in the thick of the District 4-3A softball chase, defeating Monahans 6-2 at the Jerry Collins Complex.
And with an assist from Big Spring, the Lady Mus-tangs are now in a three-way tie for the district lead.
Big Spring threw the 4-3A race into chaos by beating Greenwood 3-1, while Sny-der was a 15-0 winner over last-place Wylie. Sweetwa-ter, Greenwood and Snyder are now all 3-1, just ahead of 2-2 Big Spring with six games left to play.
Sweetwater (17-10 overall) wonâ€™t have very long to celebrate Tuesdayâ€™s victory, as the Lady Mustangs will play at Wylie (0-4) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday to end the first half of district.
Monahans (1-3) was limi-ted to four hits by Sweet-water pitcher Maty Mont-gomery, who struck out five and had a shutout until the sixth inning.
Sweetwater, meanwhile, steadily mounted a comfor-table lead by scoring single runs in the first and third innings and adding a pair of tallies in both the fourth and fifth as the Lady Mus-tangs opened a 6-0 advan-tage over the Lady Loboes.
Almost everyone contributed, as Sweetwaterâ€™s eight hits came from seven different players.
Megan Holsey led the attack with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Montgomery had a first-inning RBI single and Suede Shirley drove in the second run when her RBI grounder scored Kelsi Crosson, who reached on an infield error. Holseyâ€™s second double, which came with two outs in the fourth inning, scored Alyssa Heredia and Kendra Cros-son to make it 4-0.
Sweetwater got its final runs in the fifth after Kelsi Crosson doubled and Shir-ley singled to lead off the inning. Crosson scored at the end of a double steal, and Shirley came home on a passed ball.