LUBBOCK â€” Sweetwater got the first hit in Fridayâ€™s Region I-3A area softball playoff game with Pampa on a one-out single by Mor-gan Gomez in the bottom of the first inning.
But it took the Lady Mus-tangs another five innings to get their second hit, and by then Pampa was firmly in control as the Lady Har-vesters ended Sweetwaterâ€™s year with a 5-0 victory.
Sweetwater pitcher Maty Montgomery also got off to a good start, needing just four pitches to retire Pampa in order in the top of the first. But the Lady Harvest-ers nicked her for a run in the second after a throwing error, then made it 4-0 in the third with three singles â€” only one of which left the infield â€” plus a walk and squeeze bunt.
That was more than enough offense for Pampa pitcher Alexa Oâ€™Brien, who gave up just four hits â€” all singles â€” while allowing just one runner to get as far as second base. That came in the second inning when Abby Garcia stole second after coming in as a court-esy runner following a walk to catcher Keyli Turner.
The other hits were singles by Megan Holsey, Suede Shirley and Montgomery.
â€ś(Oâ€™Brien) kept us off bal-ance and made us swing at pitches we canâ€™t hit,â€ť coach Tony Heredia said. â€śThey really didnâ€™t hit Maty that well, but were able to get on base and were aggressive. They had good team speed and we knew that. We just pressed at the plate too much tonight.â€ť
Seven seniors â€” Montgo-mery, Turner, Shirley, Jer-ren Villa, Angela Garza and the Crosson twins, Kelsi and Kendra â€” suited up for the last time for the most successful softball team in school history. Sweetwater (21-14) set a record for wins and recorded its first playoff victory ever, 11-1, over Pecos in bi-district.
â€śWhen it ends, there are no magic words to say,â€ť said Heredia, who returned this year for his second stint as head coach. â€śOur seniors need to realize what they did and the season we had and put it in perspective. I just feel fortunate to have been part of it.â€ť