Mustangs break loose vs. Rider for first win at Abilene

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Sweetwater got its first win at the Abilene Invitational Baseball Tournament by beating Wichita Falls Rider 12-10 on Friday, but lost a 7-4 decision to Wylie in its second game of the day after holding a 4-1 lead through 2 1/2 innings.
Sweetwater (7-6) entered the tournament’s final day on Saturday with a 1-3 record after dropping its first two games to Abilene High (8-1) and Aledo (10-2) to begin the event Thursday.
Sweetwater led 12-2 over Wichita Falls Rider at the end of three innings after scoring six runs in both the first and third frames.
Five of the six runs in the first scored with two outs on an RBI triple by Tyler Warner and RBI doubles by Ky Hoover and Kobe Clark, plus a run that scored on a fielder’s choice. Chris Thompson singled in the first run after a double by Kiante McCoy.
However, all of the runs in the third came with two outs. Krystian Gomez got things started by reaching on an error and his courtesy runner, Justen Gomez, scored on Warner’s double. Isak Alvarez singled to score Warner and he scored on a single by Thompson. Mason Maxwell tripled to score McCoy, who was hit by a pitch, and Thompson. The final run scored on a triple by Tristan Longoria that plated Maxwell’s courtesy runner, Tristan Morrow.
Rider then scored eight unanswered runs to close the gap considerably, getting five runs in the fourth and three in the fifth, but Sweetwater held on to win and end a three-game losing streak in which it scored just seven runs. Sweetwater had five hits vs. Abilene High and nine vs. Aledo on Thursday, but equalled that total with 14 in its win over Rider. Thompson and Maxwell had three hits to lead the attack and Longoria and Warner had two hits.
Maxwell pitched the first 4 1/3 innings to get the win. He was first relieved by McCoy and then Warner in the fifth when the game was called by the time limit at the bottom of the inning.
Sweetwater led 4-1 in its second game Friday against Wylie, its District 5-4A rival, until the Bulldogs rallied with one run in the third, four in the fifth and another run in the sixth to win 7-4.
The Bulldogs were helped by 13 walks as they had just four hits, one less than the Mustangs. Alvarez scored Sweetwater’s first run on a sacrifice fly by Thompson. A fielder’s choice grounder by Hoover and Clark’s single scored the last two runs for the Mustangs.